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13 September 2010

Friday 13th September 1940: "The aerial bombardment began punctually at 9.0pm."

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13th Fri. Very mild, much heavy rain, very cloudy, very boisterous. Warning from 7.40 to 8.30 a.m. Also from 10.15 a.m. to 1.56 p.m. during which periods aeroplanes were heard and some bombs and firing. An unexpected burst of machine-gunning were heard at 3.50 followed by a warning: all clear at 4.15 p.m. Walked along rail path to see the bog tank engine. The aerial bombardment began punctually at 9.0 p.m. The anti-aircraft barrage being particularly intense. Noted a new weapon, probably a rocket which fires three shells from one discharge. Counted upwards of 30 German bombers passing here alone. Hope they got hit. The sky was ablaze with shell bursts. All clear at 5.30 a.m. on 14th Sat.
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On this day
  • Britain's Royal Navy moves battleships Nelson and Rodney to join the Hood at Rosyth, preparing to back-up the existing fleet of cruisers and destroyers in areas of potential invasion. The battleship Revenge is in Plymouth. 
  • Italian troops advance from Libya into Egypt, and also a minor advance into from Ethiopia into Kenya.
  • All 27 Chinese fighters were shot down in an encounter with 13 Japanese Zeroes over Chungking.

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