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pdodd | Friday January 01, 2016

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War and Espionage

20th Century Extracts

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This extract is from the diary of Nella Last in 1943. This diary of a housewife recalls her thoughts during World War Two in Barrow where she lived.


 

I looked at the ugly Nissen huts, at the training planes overhead, and at the gorse, so brave and gay. I felt there will be golden gorse and larks when all the ugliness of huts and torn up country roads are past and when khaki is not general wear.

I’d a queer sadness on me somehow that not even the sunshine could dispel. But the battles that were being fought abroad rarely came up in conversation. Among my colleagues the chatter is of everything but the war. If war is discussed it’s in that personal way – sons and daughters in the Services and their needs, leaves, parcels etc., points’ values, Home Front recipes’, and similar close-to-home concerns. ‘Beyond saying “Aren’t our lads doing well" or “We gave ‘em it last night again,' or occasionally a queer wave passes over the town and an “It won’t be long now' attitude is taken up’, war news featured little in conversation.

Thursday, 19 August.

A shadow falls over me somehow. Maybe the weather or maybe the thoughts of this dreadful invasion of Europe...


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