- Collection of World War ll Letters (All names changed for privacy)
- AFTER THE WAR
- Bringing back My Grandfather: John H. Thompson; Son Of Ruby Alice Side Thompson
- For Genealogy Lovers: THE THOMPSON FAMILY (A Search into History) Compiled by Edward Thompson (1879-1970)
- CopyRight Statement
- Mentions and Great Links
- Recently I started re-reading the World War ll journals and felt that they were such an important part of a history that will soon be forgotten if not published and shared with the world. These diary excerpts are not the entirety of what is published in print and kindle.Ruby grew up during a time when education was just beginning to be encouraged for both upper and middle class women. During the late 1890's Ruby explored many radical political ideas of London, England. She met many famous people including the writers George Bernard Shaw and William Butler Yeats.5.0 out of 5 stars A choice pick, not to be overlooked, November 6, 2011 By Midwest Book Review (Oregon, WI USA)
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 9-5-40 I myself really enjoyed reading this book. By Eolian I read this edition and I am now rereading and earlier edition from last year. These daily entries of a woman’s life in Romford England during WW2 are really powerful when one pulls up Google maps and looks at the places she mentions bombs landing. You can even still see 78 & 80 Western Ave. Google maps shows that much of the area she writes about was razed by bombs all now is parking lots and commercial buildings
The raids are increasing, lasting longer, and much more violent.
Raids worse and worse. After spending the night downstairs, we finally went up to bed at five a.m. when the all clear sounded.
There was death again dropping on the crowds of Saturday shoppers.
Second raid, started at eight thirty-five p.m., continued without ceasing until five in the morning of Sunday. Last night’s raid on London was the worst yet. Ted and I cowered here in this little dining room. Several times I thought we were surely destroyed. I prayed and prayed, and here we are still alive, and a roof still over us. The radio announcer told us that the raiders had concentrated on London, especially the East End and the riverbanks.
Our R.A.F. brought down ninety-nine German machines, but our civilian casualties are grave, over four hundred killed, and between one hundred and fourteen hundred severely injured. One bomb fell into a shelter holding one thousand people! Several bad fires have started. This has been the worst raid of the war so far, and London has suffered tremendously. Oh God help us! It was another night of terror. Ted rolls up on the floor and can even fall asleep. I lie on the sofa and tremble from top to toe.
We had five more raids lasting from midafternoon until five in the morning. These night raids are worse and worse. They are concentrated on London, and doing great damage, and killing many civilians. Everything is Hell.
We had raids lasting on and off from midmorning until the following day.
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 9-1-40 Insight into History By Michael Donaldson This book details how it felt to be afraid every day. It provides a great insight into the history of WWII
The German’s were raiding over London for six hours last night.
There were two nearby explosions around two o’clock when I thought our house was shattered, and I surely thought the front door was blown in. It is not safe to lie on the sofa during a raid, as that is right in direct line with the window.
Yesterday I lived through what has been the most terrifying day of my life. Today may be even worse. We were raided six times yesterday. The whole week has been full of raids, with an average of four a day, but yesterday surpassed all, in number and in intensity.
At midday 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.
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. The greater the terror and helplessness the stronger flared my faith.
It is this Sunday a year ago that the war started. Anyhow the Germans would rather war on a Sunday than any other day of the week. How many young men must die today? Oh, God help us!
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 8-23-40 Getting a glimpse of a woman's life in London during World War ll By Jane Ochman This book gives a true glimpse of the terror a woman had to endure during World War ll. Bombing raids were sometimes day after day. The daily writing of Ruby's personal life are so interesting. She tells all and is sometimes humorous without meaning to be because she speaks from the heart and we can all relate to some of her frustrations with family. You can tell that Ruby is educated because she is an avid reader and a prolific writer. You get a sense of London culture and what it really was like to live during that time.
The sirens sounded at three thirty a.m. this morning and I had to come down in the dark and sit alone in the house till the raid passed, which was four ten a.m., much noise of guns and machines. We heard later today that the bombs fell in Edmonton, wrecking a cinema and a church, as well as several houses.
Young Shea saw the raiders last night. He said they looked to him to be over Abridge. Wherever they were the explosions shook this town. Yesterday, too, Dover and Folkstone were gunned from the French coast. Over one hundred shells were delivered from Corp Gres Key. It is five p.m. The third raid of the day has just finished. The siren blew at three thirty and before I could close the windows and pull down the shades the bombs began falling.
I expected this house to be struck at any minute. There were two terrific blasts, which sounded as though they had got the station, or the hospital. Edna Renacre has just been in to see if I was alright. She said there were eight German machines over Romford.
Our spitfires went up to attack and the duels could be watched from South Street.
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 8-19-40 Superb book By Shepsno1 "Shepsno1" (Bournemouth, UK) Bought this for my wife to read. She is loving reading the series, very thought provoking. An insight to people who lived through the War.
Any man can see why he should defend his own land, but it is not so easy to see why he should fight to defend the land of the foreigner.
A warning at one o’clock today, which lasted an hour and another at six o’clock, which lasted forty minutes. Report is that the Germans have destroyed Croyden.
Yesterday’s was the worst raid of the war yet. Croyden is practically wiped out. No major raids today. Very tired. The strain of the raids is exhausting.
Yesterday the Germans bombed Brentwood, which is very close. Anyhow, here I am alone in the house, and have got to get through the nights somehow. The nine o’clock news was very alarming. We were told that today the Germans bombed our convoy in the channel from the coast of France; they have long-range guns along the coast from Boulogne to Calais, and they bombed our ships all along the way to Dover. Dover was shaken! They also bombed the convoy from the air. What next? They have now reached London several times.
Whole houses fall down six at a time, so what does it signify where the bed is? Of course I know I am in no more danger without Ted than with him. Nevertheless I am frightened to be left alone in this house.
I’ve got to endure the loneliness and the fright. I might overcome the situation with a strong whiskey, but I don’t dare do that, because if I slept too soundly I shouldn’t hear a warning if it sounded.