29 December 2010

Sunday 29th December 1940: red glow in the sky

"red glow in the sky of a great conflagration..."

Cold, but not so dull as of late. Sunday or not I put up the new wire clothes line also two short ones as well. Alb, Lily & Mrs Akroyd to tea, played the gramophone to them. Night raid at 6.5 p.m. Many machines and considerable gunfire but, it seems, the main raid was on East London, judging by the red glow in the sky of a great conflagration. All clear at 11.40 p.m.
On this day: Fred had witnessed what we now know was an attack with some 1,500 incendiary bombs being dropped on London.

"the arsenal of democracy"
Meanwhile, in the USA, Roosevelt sought a direct programme of arms being provided to the UK: "The Nazi masters of Germany have made it clear that not only do they intend to dominate all life and thought in their own country, but also to enslave the whole of Europe, and then to use the resources of Europe to dominate the rest of the world..." It was in one of his 'fireside chat' broadcasts that Roosevelt said he wished the USA to become "the arsenal of democracy".

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