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Southgate’s Diary, Part 12 – 8th October – 10th October 1941

8th October 1941

Wed morning, loads of work from morning to evening. I am now in a large office with Squadron Leader Green, Petit Officer Hardy, Miss Sherwood and myself (still Sergeant.). A lot more room and my work has been simplified. Wing Commander Wells and Biles are in the next office. Had lunch with Jean. I am now part of the Free French Clique and can eat at their club/mess. You can eat very well for 2 shillings and a litre of wine costs 1 shilling instead of 4 or 5 shillings in the shops. The atmosphere is very nice and you can eat with the Officers. General Valin, Admiral Muselier, Capt. Bouderie, Charles, Muselier and others.

9th October 1941

It was raining a bit this morning, but the visibility has improved these last days and our aerial activity should resume. The Germans seem to be making a big push and I am fearful for the Russians.

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Southgate’s Diary, Part 11 – 26th September – 28th September 1941

26th September 1941

“What is this Nation of shopkeepers which have not forgotten that to remain free, you must know how to be a soldier?”

I cannot stop myself writing about the ardour in the ‘Battle of Britain’.

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