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
28 April 2015
28th April 1945: 'exciting reading'
28 Sat. Rather cold, bitter N wind, snow showers, one a heavy one,
also sleet, rain and some sunshine which made the roads steam. To Cheam but no
meat; bought fish at Stonecot Hill. Did shopping locally. Newspapers make
exciting reading, including reports that Hitler and Goebbels were shot three
days ago. Himmler has assumed power in Germany and will surrender to Britain
and USA but not to Russia: the Allies have, of course, refused. Made a new
spring and fitted it to lock of back door.
On this day: his news isn't quite accurate. Mussolini and mistress Clara Petacci and other Fascists have been caught near Lake Como as they tried to escape to Switzerland. Italian partisans shot them, mutilated the bodies, and hung them upside down from a girder above a service station in Milan's main square. Meanwhile Berlin is still under siege, with Soviet troops within a mile of Hitler's bunker.
Benito Mussolini (second from left) and Clara Petacci (centre) hung by their heels