This is the fourth and final in a series of diaries written by Ruby Alice Side Thompson during World War ll. She lived in Romford, Essex a suburb outside of London. Ruby Thompson wrote almost daily about the incessant air raids and bombings, keeping meticulous records of the time, location, and length of these raids. She writes of the stress and terror revealing the emotions, fears and the way lives were crippled due to the constant unknown of when or where a bomb would hit. In one segment she even sees a bomb sailing by her window. Her two youngest twin sons were directly affected by the war, one shot down over Germany, spending most of the war as a German war prisoner. His brother lost a leg. Ruby considered both these tragedies to be lucky compared to the fate of many others. Ruby writes brutally honest accounts of life as she saw things as they happened. They are her innermost thoughts, feelings, and frustrations. Because this personal record of events during the war and her marriage were not written for anyone but herself we are now, seventy years later, have a small peek into the past from which we can see a family trying to survive the London Blitz during World War II. Ruby's politically incorrect opinions, as well as her continual up and down moods also documents the war within her marriage as well as her continual vacillations with her religious beliefs. Her candidness is what makes this book a page-turner. If you have ancestors who were alive during World War II, in England, this book is a good place to find how households and family members lived during the London Blitz. Ruby Side Thompson's personal diaries bring history into reality.
|Series:||World War ll London Blitz Diaries , #4|
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was so excited that Volume 4 was finally available on Nook. How wonderful of Victoria Washuk to make her great-grandmother's diaries available to the public. As with the first three volumes, I loved this book. This volume continues with Ruby's frustrations and war weariness. While I don't agree with some of Ruby's thoughts, I admire her bold and honest writing. This book gives a great insight into the hardships that civilians endured during WWII. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history.