- 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 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.
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 8-7-41 London blitz diary volume 2 - By fran I got this book from Amazon and could not put it down. It's a fascinating journal of a thoroughly unhappy woman dealing with WWII, a terrible marriage and desperation and separation from most of her children. She shares her despair as well as her sometimes-immature methods of coping with her misery. What we really see is a woman 50 years ahead of her time.
Franco is a minor Hitler, or Mussolini, a man ruthless and cruel, self-seeking and a liar.
I received a note from Artie this morning to say he had been passed for a commission. Good. He will probably go to an O.C.T.U. before the month is out. Rascality, and idiocy, of men in high places, and how greatly the life of the world lies in the hands of the giant capitalists. A few rich men do own the earth. The rich men of Europe wanted war, because war makes profits; but ordinary men never want war.
Last night I had to get up, about one a.m., guns. I came downstairs, and heard a big bomb fall somewhere.
At the first news this morning we were told a special announcement from the government would be made on all stations at three p.m. by Mr. Atlee, the deputy prime minister. We had never heard of a “deputy prime-minister,” so wondered if Churchill had been assassinated, or what. At three p.m. the announcement: Mr. Churchill and President Roosevelt had met at sea, and drawn up, and signed, a mutual statement, about our war aims.
For weeks there have been rumors of “Peace Negotiations” coming from Hitler. This asserts again that the world will never negotiate with Hitler. Anyhow, I’m sick to death of the war, and all the war talk. This ceaseless destruction and lunacy gets me down. We have had comparative quiet in England since Hitler attacked Russia, but the war in Russia is too ghastly awful.
Marshal Petain made a very silly speech from the Vichy this week. He is still talking to his defeated Frenchmen about self-abasement, and the need for repentance and sacrifice. Marshal Petain is just a pious old fool, cow towing to Hitler. He is a dictator, dictating his own countrymen.
Frenchmen have lost their liberties. “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity,” officially is no more. Petain has substituted Family, Work, and Obedience. Fine For nitwits! Petain is governing France “by authority” Whose? His own? Hitler’s? France is dead.
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.
World War ll London Blitz Diary: 7-23-41 Window To Two Wars, The Blitz and Ted, By Chuck Wentz A very revealing insight into life in London during the Blitz and life in marriage in the early 20th Century. Ruby Side Thompson is a very intelligent woman who has a passion for reading and life. She is bound in a marriage to a despot Ted Thompson. Her views are very much ahead of her time. She suffers the mental anguish of the constant bombings from the air and from her husband. In all of this she makes the best of her time. There is a third front in that she had raised her family in the US and is now separated from most of them. Ted moved Ruby and their two youngest sons back to Britain prior to the start of WWII.
If the politicians in power could be taken out and shot there would be no more wars.
Gladys has been to see me today. Her account of the blitzes in Plymouth is awful. She says there is practically no Plymouth left at all. It has literally been razed to the ground. On the last blitz there were nine hundred identified as dead, counting civilians only. The naval and military casualties were not counted in with the civilians.
The unidentified were uncountable; two shelters, each holding about two hundred people were simply limed and sealed up and the wounded number about three thousand. This is war. This war diet is a very poor one. We are filled, but we are not fed. Half a pound of good steak a day for the next month would be the very best tonic I could have. There is no meat.
Last night Gerry renewed his air attacks on this London area. We were wakened by the alert at a quarter to two. Of course we came downstairs. Ted just left for Home Guards. Our last nights raid was a fairly bad one. One whistling bomb which we heard descending caused Ted to roll off his sofa and get under the table!
Victoria Road was hit again; this time five bombs and also Catharine Road, Hamilton Road, Heath-Park Road, our immediate vicinity. Many houses demolished, casualties not yet known. The London damage has not yet been told us but large fires were started there, and we could see them still burning this morning. Oil bombs.
Our fighters went up and everything seemed be going on immediately overhead. Three Gerry’s were brought down in this neighborhood. I was very frightened, and trembled. The all clear was given at four-fifteen a.m. All day planes have been up much more than usual; some are roaring over right now.
I am afraid we shall have another bad night. Five weeks now since the attack on Russia, and Russia is still holding. Nine million men are arrayed against each other on the Russo-German frontiers. The carnage is frightful. Oh, God save the world!