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Vicki Washuk World War ll Blitz  Buy On Smashwords    Also   Buy Diary's Here:
I am the great-granddaughter of Ruby Side Thompson. 
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: 7-2-41 A great record of a life and a time - I have to say that I'm very confused about the reviews on the first book in the series discussing its merits as a story, with a protagonist and author - do not go into it expecting narrative structure, because that's not there, and neither is any attempt at characterization, because this is non-fiction. And there seem to be a lot of people who recognize that it's not a series of novels (thank goodness) but who still think it's not worth anything because Ruby Thompson was not always stoic and used her diary as a vent for her emotions. But the value of the diaries isn't in their entertainment potential, or their depiction of a kind and sweet personality. (Ranting about her husband aside, Ruby was very classist and shockingly racist.) Their value is in their depiction of daily life, and human attitudes and methods of coping. Ruby's mentions of her own history are also of great interest, especially the passage in which she describes how women of her mother's generation dealt with childbirth and having large families. It is a mistake to denigrate the books because of Ruby's frailties. Londoners held up extraordinarily well during the Blitz, but people must have felt fear and occasionally given way to their emotions, and it doesn't take away from the stories of heroism and pluck to admit that. It is certainly a terrible idea to dismiss an excellent historical source because of a diarist's personality.

7-2-41
The war continues to get worse and worse. Today the Russians have claimed to kill seven hundred thousand Germans in White Russia alone. The Germans have claimed to have killed five hundred thousand Russians, and taken two hundred thousand Russian prisoners.  I don’t know who counts but presumably the losses on both sides are enormous. The Germans continue their advance. The Russians continue their retreat.

 The R.A.F. is now bombing Germany in daylight every day. The Italians in Abyssinia are nearly finished, but in Libya the fighting continues and also in Syria. The Vichy French do not quit. The Turks continue to sit on the fence. Last night Roosevelt gave a small broadcast “for freedom”.

Our supplies diminish markedly. Myrtle Arch told me this morning that the queues of shoppers in Romford this morning were the worst yet, and there isn’t a potato in town. Food is scarce and very dear, and rationing severe. There is a great food ramp going on. As soon as prices are coded food disappears.

Some one is making money. There are frequent scandals and the bureaucrats are smothering us. There is far too much government control, most of it only gumming the works.  This wonderful land of liberty is snowed under continuous official forms, and harassed and annoyed by the ever-increasing army of ineffective petty clerks. War! 


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