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 woman power, “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;