By Betty Armitage
A few years in the past, journalist Nicholas Webley stumbled throughout a outstanding locate in the course of a regimen research in a small condominium in Norfolk - a diary.
The diary was once saved in the course of the struggle years and scribbled for the main half in class workout books and on scraps of decomposing paper. It used to be written via a seamstress born within the 1880's. Betty Armitage, the seamstress, was once a theatrical cloth wardrobe throughout the first a part of the century and moved to Norfolk prior to the conflict. Her diary is uncommon, because it perspectives the occasions of the warfare in the course of the eyes of somebody born round the time of Queen Victoria's Jubilee. such a lot of bills of the battle are in accordance with army event or lifestyles in towns throughout the Blitz; the following the good occasions of these years are considered from the rustic: privation relieved via the occasional poached pheasant, upheaval as millions of vibrant younger US servicemen 'invade' East Anglia, quiet heroes and small-time rural villains. A time which turns out accepted to us at the present time via movie, yet which was once particularly one other age, springs to existence within the pages of Betty's Diary; humorous, touching and unaffectedly brilliant.
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I asked him to put a few birds away for me in return for some baking. Freddie came round and told me he had been to see Mr. Head with a few things and brought me some chicken food for which he wanted nothing but I gave him some eggs. TUESDAY 9th The people who Edie Maywick told me about left a message for me at the pub to ring them. They asked me if I would be able to cook for them on Saturday February 3rd. It will mean staying the Friday night to help get everything ready. They are paying me two pounds ten shillings.
I have not read all the papers yet as I found it all too upsetting. I will keep them for a little while and look at them later. I called in to see Mr. Head and he was sure that it wouldn’t be as bad as the last one. W E A R E WA R R I O R S A L L • S E P T E M B E R 1 9 3 9 – C H R I S T M A S 1 9 4 0 27 WEDNESDAY 6th Coal and electricity is to be rationed by a quarter from the weekend. I only have the light and the wireless on the electric and Jack sees I have plenty of wood for the range so I should be alright.
April 21 Soviets reach Berlin. April 28 Mussolini is captured and hanged by Italian partisans; Allies take Venice. April 30 Hitler commits suicide. May 2 German troops in Italy surrender. May 7 Unconditional surrender of all German forces to the Allies. May 8 VE Day. S. 7th Army. May 23 SS Reichsführer Himmler commits suicide; German High Command and Provisional Government imprisoned. June 5 Allies divide up Germany and Berlin and take over the government. June 18 Demobilisation in UK begins. June 26 United Nations Charter is signed.