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19 December 2011

Mon 8th Dec 1941: news of Pearl Harbor


Sharp morning frost, cold clear day, some sun in  morning, To Wimbledon to buy cats' meat. Also to get accumulator from Whitbrown's, two torch batteries and the long-awaited 120-volt high-tension battery, price 9/3. So now we are well-equipped and should get another six months of listening. Japan attacks American and British Possessions in the far East, also lands troops in Thailand without a declaration of war: the latter capitulates on the first day.

Churchill, writing about the declaration of war against Japan:
 'When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite.'

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