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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. I wonder, when will this massacre finish? Is it our political agenda to let the Germans and Russians annihilate each other and when they are both on their knees, we will enter the fray and dictate terms to both Communist and Fascists. I may be ahead of myself, but I would not be surprised if it pans out that way. Why we do not try and land somewhere in Europe is a mystery. Our air force is growing all the time for those who know and the time our High Command decides to attack on mass, nothing will resist the RAF. That day cannot come too soon.

10th October 1941

The news today is full of the Russian campaign, and demands as to why the British Government is not getting involved in order to help the USSR. Everyone asks how things stand and whether the Russians will hold against the invaders. Russians and Germans are being bled white. The carnage is enormous, such as the world has never seen and hopefully will not see again.

Maurice Southgate’s words
Translated by Parade Antiques

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