3rd July 1940

Today the band of the 4th Cavalry Training Regiment marched through the town. This is the first military band I have heard since the war began.

There was a sudden raid at 10 o’clock tonight, towards the east, but no alarm was given. A number of planes came over very low, and I could hear distant bombs. When I was going home from Rose’s I could see a big fire in the sky towards Ardleigh, and a policeman told me it was one of Brooks’ warehouses at Mistley, fired by an incendiary bomb.

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