London in the Blitz. Fred French, 66 Chestnut Road, Raynes Park, Wimbledon, London SW20 kept this diary, blogged 69 years later, during WWII and peacetime. He loves music, model aircraft, radios, railways, roses. His sister Theresa (Ciss) goes out to work - Fred does the shopping, etc.
'On this day' and other notes by Tony French.
By the same editor Poems Please Me
4 November 2010
Monday 4th November 1940: radio gram & Molotovs
Rather mild, dismal, rain. The shelter has 14 ins of water in it. Tried baling it out but like trying to empty the sea. Played radio gram to Alan Spooner. Warnings from 3.55 to 4.15 p.m. Delayed bomb went off. Raid began at 6.15 but no warning till 6.30. 3 or 4 bombs whistled down quite near, but no bang with them. Pale flickering light in N.W. as if a Molotov bread-basket had been dropped. A somewhat heavier raid than of late: all clear at 7 a.m. on 5 Tues. .
."like trying to empty the sea..."
On this day: Italians meet with Greek counter-attacks. Spain takes over International Zone of Tangier. .