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
31 December 2013
31st December 1943: bitter fighting foreseen & possible victory
31 Fri. Very severe white frost, only giving in patches where the sun shone. Saw brilliant glow of prismatic colours in a white cloud near the sun, caused doubtless by the sun's rays being split up by the ice crystals in the cloud. Got the meat, liver & suet from the butchers also other things locally. Thence to Wimbledon along rail path. Bought a nice note book at Altons for my 1944 diary. And so ends a year of greater achievement by the United Nations. The New Year will be one of bitter fighting on a hitherto undreamed of scale, but 1944 may see Hitler and his forces put into a hopeless position; indeed, it may by God's help be a Year of Victory.
Total cycling mileage for the year 1943 was 1,134.5 miles.
(Note a reader's interesting comment on today's blog)