- 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 Diarys: 12-7-41 World War II London Blitz Diary My mother grew up at this time around the corner in Romford and knew some of the people mentioned in this series of books she enjoys reading about it again.
It was a queer weekend. Big mock invasion maneuvers are being carried out in this region. Four thousand Home Guards from our Romford district are “out” tracking down “the enemy” who is being acted by the real military units. The war news remains bad, although the Germans have retreated from Rostov but fighting rages unceasingly in Russia, and also in Libya.
Moreover at any moment hostilities may open in the Far East, between Japan and the U.S.A. Yesterday President Roosevelt sent a personal message to the Emperor of Japan, a last attempt to avert war. It is nine-thirty p.m. and war has started in the Pacific. The Japanese have attacked several U.S.A. bases, particularly Guam and Pearl Harbor, in Hawaii. Treachery, murder, and damnation.
At six thirty p.m. tonight we heard President Roosevelt addressing Congress. He said it was not necessary for Congress to declare war on Japan, because Japan had already declared war on America. “We are at war!” It was a very short speech, very impressive. At nine p.m. Churchill broadcast to us, and to the world. As promised, we line up with the U.S.A. and we too are at war with Japan. This is frightful. Roosevelt’s speech made me weep. Ted brought out the precious whiskey, and we drank to America, and the boys. Oh God! How can we endure?
The Japanese have sunk two of our largest ships. H.M.S. Prince of Wales, battleship, and thirty five thousand tons: and H.M.S. Repulse, cruiser, thirty two thousand tons.
Over two thousand men have been rescued from our ships, but Admiral Tom Phillips is among the missing.
Two thousand three hundred and thirty men saved out of a total of two thousand nine hundred and twenty five, but we are told the final figure is not fixed so we can hope a few more may be accounted for saved. The loss of these ships is a major catastrophe.We are told that the absence of adequate fighter protection is believed to have been a consequent of the suddenness of the Japanese attack before a declaration of war, and of the shortage of aircraft which has been experienced throughout the Empire since 1939, and which is only now being remedied by Great Britain.
World War ll London Blitz Diary : 11-13-41 Personal Writings of World War II Experiences By lorijae I am enjoying these recounts from Ruby Side Thompson. It is amazing what they had to go thru during the war and as women. I know many reviews dislike that she speaks so poorly of her husband, but these are real journal writings. It is where she goes to vent and speak her mind. Many things she says were unacceptable for polite women to speak of. In this book you also learn her reasons for them to leave America and come to England. You find more and more of her issues with her husband but you also see that when they "love" her feelings are changed and she feels refreshed, so there is deep love but not always daily like. I am looking forward to the next book
The news this morning gave this item: In Odessa the Romanians have rounded 2,500 Jews; men, women, and children, into a building, then shot them in relays, and finally set fire to the building. The Times this morning carries a report from Stockholm of the talk there of the impending invasion of Britain. It concludes. “This talk is backed by preparations on a gigantic scale which seems to indicate that Germany intends to make an attempt at airborne invasion of an unprecedented magnitude largely by gliders.
Reports, which obviously cannot be verified, state that the production of gliders runs into six figures and that each is capable of carrying a load of five tons and can be towed across the sea by Junkers 52 and Junkers 57 airplanes.
Many German specialists doubt whether the invasion of Britain can succeed however it is staged, but all agree, with relish, that whatever the cost for the Germans it will be a terrible calamity for England and is bound to cause the greatest confusion.
The U.S. Senate has passed the amendments to the Neutrality Bill. The Ark Royal has been sunk. She was hit yesterday, to the East of Gibraltar. General Huntziger has been killed in an airplane crash.
Only eighteen men from the Ark Royal are unaccounted for, and there is a chance they may have been picked up somewhere.
Last Sunday the drastic rationing of milk began. The allowance is two pints per week per adult. Bureaucracy: which is becoming the permanent curse of England. The dairymen declare there is enough milk, but the government forbid distribution. Anyhow, I’m tired. No meat, no butter, no eggs, no fruit and now no milk, no wonder we go to pieces.
The news is shocking; that is to my mind. In Parliament yesterday the Prime Minister outlined proposals for the further mobilization of manpower, and womanpower, “to achieve the maximum national effort.”
For the men, the age for compulsory military service is to be raised from forty-one to fifty-one, and lowered to eighteen and a half and to send them for service abroad at nineteen instead of twenty.
For women, unmarried women between twenty and thirty to make compulsory liable to serve in the uniformed auxiliary services or Civil Defense with the rider that women joining A.T.S. will not be compelled to serve with guns, only volunteers may do that! This is outrageous. Further, boys and girls between sixteen and eighteen will be registered and “encouraged” to join various organizations through which they can obtain training required to fit them for national service;
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 11-11-41 The Second Diary More about the war and devastation in London alongside living with a swine of a man, I look forward to finding out what happens between them.
There is news tonight of the destruction of six more Axis ships in the Mediterranean. On Sunday night we were told of the destruction of ten.
Roosevelt made a stirring speech at Arlington today. It was an Armistice Day speech. In it he out rightly declared that the people of America, as in 1917-1918, are “ready to fight and win at any price” to save their liberty.
A card from Cuthie came through today. It was posted airmail, on September tenth. It took two months to get here. He says he is well, but asks again for shoes. We send shoes in every parcel, but presumably the Germans swipe them for themselves.
In September last year we endured nineteen thousand air raids. This September we suffered only fifteen hundred.
We have had comparative peace ever since June when Hitler attacked Russia, but it is thought that directly the winter weather slows down his campaign in Russia, he will turn his attention westwards again, and again we shall bear the brunt of his Luftwaffe
Practically every day now the B.B.C. gives us warnings to be prepared for the resumption of heavy air raids. How long can this war go on?
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 10-17-41: All Hell Breaking Loose By Jeannie Walker "Award-Winning Author Jeannie … (New York, NY) I think it is wonderful that Victoria took diaries of her great Grandmother and preserved them as books for all to read. World War II is a part of history that will soon be forgotten if not for wonderful people like this that want to share them with the world. I am a fan of first-hand experiences and love reading them. My own books are of my own first-hand experiences. For sure none of us want to live through RELENTLESS RAIDS with bombs dropping everywhere- War is hell for all. I pray that readers don't ever experience the agony, pain, suffering and torment of another war like WWII. THANK GOD we don't have to say: "It was another quiet night due to bad weather. This afternoon the weather is clearing, so I expect we shall have the raiders (bombs falling) tonight." I believe we all should read & learn about WORLD WAR TWO. What better way than to read the diary of someone who lived through it? This important event actually happened in the past. We need to know how everyone was affected and influenced while living during the mayhem and turmoil of all hell breaking loose.
We don’t have to be dowdy because we can’t be happy. Also I think, make sure of today whilst you know you have it. A new dress, or a new wave, does definitely sweeten the present. I can’t stop the war. I can’t fight the war. Tomorrow or tonight, the war may destroy me, so, let us take what ever sensible pleasure that is available to us, whilst it is available, either by offering itself or by us being able to accept it
This afternoon I went to Wykeham Hall, for a meeting of the Guild of Friends of Prisoners of War. It was fifty percent boring, and fifty percent mildly interesting.
We had a warning last night. Gunfire, pretty heavy, it began about eight–thirty p.m. The alert was given just before nine and the all clear at nine-forty. This morning we were told three bombers were brought down last night, but we were not told where.
As for increased taxes, I don’t give a damn. The men wanted the war, let the men pay for it. I don’t intend to scrape. My death may wait in any hour of the immediate future, so I will not crimp the present. I am alone now and I will wring all I can out of now.
It is still very cold. When they gave us the news this morning, we are told the R.A.F. was out over Germany again last night, but no mention was made of our losses. Have we lost another thirty-seven bombers or more?
Churchill said, “whether their efforts will be successful, but if they fail, I take the occasion to say, and it is my duty to say, that should the United States become involved in war with Japan the British declaration will follow within the hour.” Soon the whole world will be at war! All the big men are making speeches. Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, and Roosevelt tomorrow.
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 9-1-41 Personal Writings of World War II Experiences By lorijae I am enjoying these recounts from Ruby Side Thompson. It is amazing what they had to go thru during the war and as women. I know many reviews dislike that she speaks so poorly of her husband, but these are real journal writings. It is where she goes to vent and speak her mind. Many things she says were unacceptable for polite women to speak of. In this book you also learn her reasons for them to leave America and come to England. You find more and more of her issues with her husband but you also see that when they "love" her feelings are changed and she feels refreshed, so there is deep love but not always daily like. I am looking forward to the next book
I went to the movies this evening, for the first time since July a year ago. A special government film is being shown everywhere this week, “Target for Tonight”, showing a real crew in their Wellington Bomber, making a raid over Germany. The fighting in Russia is giving us in England a respite. Just the same we are warned daily to be prepared for the resumption of heavy attack, and to expect this winter to be even worse than last.
An “alert” is sounding. This is the first daylight warning for about two months. I have just got back from the library, so I am lucky to be inside the house. Last night Gerry was over. We had just gone to bed about eleven thirty p.m. no alert was sounded, but we heard the German engines throbbing over, and then the guns; not immediately near, but about Upminister I guessed.
We did not come downstairs, but I felt simply awful. I began uncontrollably to tremble, and to feel sick in the pit of my stomach. I began to pray! In danger everything primitive asserts itself, and one prays by instinct. One feels so helpless in the dark. The very darkness itself is terrifying.
Ted is out to the Home Guard. This is the second anniversary of the start of the war. At eleven this morning we entered on the third year of this war. I heard guns in the depth of the night, but no alarm was given. All day planes have been flying overhead incessantly. The news today tells that we bombed Berlin very heavily last night; so I expect London will receive a bombing tonight.
God help us! The news from the Russian front is terribly momentous. A tremendous battle for Leningrad is expected now, and my even have begun. The Russians are fighting magnificently, but, regardless of their own awful losses, the Germans press on.