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World War ll London Blitz Diary Volume 1
     

World War ll London Blitz Diary Volume 1

3.8 9
by Victoria Washuk
 

Friday, September 1
War started today. After another week of lies and duplicity, Hitler launched into actual warfare early this morning. At five thirty this morning he announced the enclosure of Danzig in the Reich, and at five forty five he bombed his first Polish town . . .
The BBC has just announced that King George held a Privy Council this noon, and has

Overview

Friday, September 1
War started today. After another week of lies and duplicity, Hitler launched into actual warfare early this morning. At five thirty this morning he announced the enclosure of Danzig in the Reich, and at five forty five he bombed his first Polish town . . .
The BBC has just announced that King George held a Privy Council this noon, and has signed papers completing the mobilization of our Army, Navy, and Air Forces. Further news to be broadcast at four p.m.”

So begins diary of Ruby Side Thompson, a middle-aged Londoner in a highly unsatisfying marriage who lived through the Blitz and who recorded with ink and pen whatever was utmost on her mind. Generally, her writing served as therapy for her bad marriage – and she chronicles her husband’s faulty behavior in great detail -- but when cataclysmic world events crash into her consciousness, they gain top priority and she writes fluidly as they unfold before her:

“Wednesday, May 15
At seven a.m. we heard that the Dutch have laid down their arms. After the Germans re-captured Rotterdam yesterday, the Netherlands Commander-in Chief issued an order to his troops concerned, to cease fighting. To continue resistance was hopeless.

“Now the struggle for Belgium proceeds . . .”

“Saturday, June 22
. . . The French Cabinet has been sitting most of today, and no armistice has been signed up till now, eight-fifteen p.m. Winston Churchill broadcast on Tuesday night, saying we would fight on “till the curse of Hitler was lifted from the brows of men.”

Such writing blasts history out of the realm of dry, dusty names and dates and nearly places the reader in the midst of events as they unfolded, very heady stuff for history buffs.

Sunday, September 1.
The raids at one p.m. and five-thirty are the worst Romford has yet experienced. At mid day fifteen bombs were dropped in the very center of town. The first one fell in Victoria Road, only missing the railway bridge by a half block. Then in a straight line across all those little roads towards Hornchurch and the Romeo, fourteen others were dropped, demolishing shops and houses and killing many people. Rumor gave the estimate dead as fifty, but we do not know the actual number yet. Perhaps it was more. I sat alone here in the most awful terror I have ever known. The noise was devilish, the house shook so much I expected it to fall upon me, and the suction in this air is indescribable. Machines were dwelling right over the house, and each bomb as it fell sounded as though it might be in the back garden.”

This is very important documentation and will have tremendous appeal to those who have an avid interest in the effect of the war on ordinary Britons.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011547997
Publisher:
Victoria Washuk
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Series:
World War ll London Blitz Diaries , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
334,843
File size:
747 KB

Meet the Author

Victoria Aldridge Washuk I am the great-granddaughter of Ruby Side Thompson. I own all copyrights of her diaries that span from 1939–1969. The copyright ownership was transferred to me by inheritance through my grandmother, Ruth Ferris Thompson who was married to Ruby's son,John Thompson. I have a copy of Ruby Side Thompson's will passing the diaries to my grandmother Ruth Thompson and further legal documentation and letters showing the inheritance transfer of copyright . I started re-reading the World War ll journals and found them extremely worthy of note on many levels. I realized how little I knew about the events surrounding World War ll and what the Londoner’s in particular had to endure. These journals are a combination of the historical and the exceptionally personal. I thought that others may also find them intriguing and started a blog. In doing so I received reactions from people from around the world and this inspired me to publish them in book form for all to enjoy. 5.0 out of 5 stars A choice pick, not to be overlooked, November 6, 2011 By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA) - See all my reviews This review is from: World War II London Blitz Diary: A Woman's Revelations Enduring War and Marriage (Volume 1) (Paperback) As war rages on all around you, it can be hard to cope with the pressures of warfare. "World War II: London Blitz Diary" is a diary of Ruby Side Thompson as she tells her story of living under the pressure that the Luftwaffe put on London during the countless bombings throughout the war, pushing England to the brink of destruction. A personal story of a mother trying to keep her life together along with simple survival, "World War II" is a choice pick, not to be overlooked.

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World War ll London Blitz Diary Volume 1 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Crawford More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this. Sometimes diaries can be boring, but this never was. Ruby expresses her feelings so well. I wish that the next 3 volumes were available on Nook.
LIndyJ More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed reading this book and have purchased Volumn 2 - delighted to have found it available for my Nook. Very interesting and keeps me wanting to read more of this womans story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a personal diary not intended for any other reason than self release. It is not written as a biography, a novel, or historical account. While interesting, I would not seek to read her personal thoughts any further.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very personal real time account of the start of WWii. The accounts of enduring the London blitz are riveting.
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Its still good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book would be more about living in the blitz, so far all she does is complain about her husband and other people she is very bitter and not charitable towards catholics
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