History is never quite as real as when it is told by those who lived it. Ruby Thompson, living during the World War ll London Blitz bombing blasts history out of the realm of dry, dusty names and dates and places the reader in the midst of the terrifying events as they unfold. 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 citizens.
We have been told that yesterday Mr. Churchill visited the front in Normandy. He crossed in a battleship, and then toured the beaches in a jeep. With him were General Saints, General Eisenhower, and Field Marshall Sir Alan Brooke. They were met and escorted by General Montgomery. My reaction to this is, what damn foolery! Churchill and his gang seem to regard the war as a game, and they watch from the grandstand. Silly, conceited old buffer! I supposed he beamed around with his cigar and his V sign. I wonder what the soldiers really think about him. Roosevelt too, these old men who talk so much.
June 14, 1944
Churchill was taken to task in the Commons today for his foolhardy unadvised trip to France. Asked, was his journey really necessary? (This is the placard stuck up in tens of thousands of our stations, trains, busses, and shops: “Is your journey really necessary?”) Churchill has acted for a long time as though he regarded himself as God. Yet if he died, the war would still go on.