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.
Last evening was quiet, but they began again at eleven thirty p.m. and kept on coming until nearly two o’clock; then we had quiet until eight fifteen this morning, and they have been coming over ever since. There is one piece of startling news today; a number of the highest German generals have rebelled against Hitler, last night they tried to assassinate him and it is rumored civil war has broken out inside Germany. Hitler broadcast to the German people about one o’clock this morning, to “reassure” them of his safety and to condemn “the usurpers”. He has put Himmler in charge of the army in Germany, and threatens to wipe out the revolt by force. So now what? The German generals know they have lost the war, but will Hitler’s fanaticism still have power to carry the people into further war and destruction?
Saturday July 22, 1944
We had another very bad night. In fact, the bombs have been coming over without ceasing all day yesterday; all last night, and all today. One hundred and eighty two thousand mothers and children have been evacuated from London; one day alone forty-one thousand left; and one hundred and ten thousand school children have been evacuated, in addition. In spite of the split inside Germany the war still goes on.