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
20 July 2013
20th July 1943: repair complete
20 Tues. Cool, but getting warm later; dull & cloudy, still windy. Did some shopping locally. Finished repairing Alf's pick-up and returned it in perfect order but his set needs attention. Met Alan & Vera.
On this day: from 19-21 July German planes attack Russian tanks near Orel (or Oryol), inflicting the heaviest losses ever suffered by armoured vehicles from the air. Modern photo shows the city's sculpture of Orel ( meaning eagle). Orel was occupied by Germans on 3 Oct 1941 and liberated on 5 Aug 1943. The city was almost completely destroyed.