6 September 2013

3rd Sept 1943: Allies back on mainland of Europe

3 Fri. Very mild, very cloudy. Did all the usual shopping in morning. Gave sweets to Monica & Ann. Met Shirley in the bakers. She was running errands for Mrs. Collis who is laid up following a fall. To Tolworth in afternoon. Albert has week off so he was at home. Also to see Len Garrod who is progressing after his fall. British & Canadian troops land in Italy opposite Messina in Sicily which is now in our possession. So Allied troops are now on the mainland of Europe, the first time since the B.E.F. left France at Dunkirk in 1940: the invasion of the Continent has begun. Fourth anniversary of the opening of hostilities.

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