Nov. 30. 9.30. p.m. Mon [1942]
# BICYCLE CULPRIT ARRESTED FOR DESERTION
# NO LETTERS FROM RON SINCE 14th NOVEMBER
# ALLIED SUCCESS IN EGYPT AND LIBYA
# FRENCH SCUTTLE OWN FLEET IN TOULON
# RUSSIAN SUCCESS AROUND STALINGRAD
# NIECE EVA’S HUSBAND ON EMBARKATION LEAVE

The defeat, in November 1942, of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel’s forces by the British 8th Army, under General Montgomery, in the Second Battle of El Alamein, was decisive in turning the tide of the war in North Africa.

Sir Harold RLG Alexander was a British General whose command included an American Army.

The potentially fatal pig disease swine erysipelas was known as ‘purples’ owing to the characteristic diamond-shaped skin lesions.

Rags were used for hair-curling: Curlers were in short supply.

Mrs Pearson, mother of Ron’s RAF friend, Jeff (see 25 Jan. 1942), lived in Gainsborough.

‘Anestan’ – a brand-name drug containing ephedrine.

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