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1 March 2011

Wednesday 19th February 1941: 4 inches of snow

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Very cold. Four inches of snow fell during the night but not cold enough for it to lay for long. Dismal, rain at night. To shop in Coombe Lane in morning to buy cat food. Night raid from 8.47 to 10.45 p.m. Six or eight machines came from the south-east circled round and went back again but one sent four explosive bombs whistling down overhead to fall north-east of here. No fire from local battery; the machine that dropped the bombs was not fired at.
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On this day:

  • Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia arrives at Dangilla with Wingate's Gideon Force of 1,700. Their target is to disrupt four Italian brigades.
  • British military and political leaders in Cairo discussing help for Greece.
  • 8th Australian Division land in Singapore.


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