7 survivors of the Marples Hotel bombing in Sheffield have been dug out from tons of rubble; they sheltered in a sturdy wine-cellar. First priority after rescue: a cigarette. pic.twitter.com/mFBIiKrh12
200 German bombers raided Birmingham for 13 hours last night; terrible devastation from 25000 incendiary bombs. 263 people are dead & 243 badly injured. Workers clear levelled ruins of St. Thomas' Church: pic.twitter.com/M3WOMdTVfQ
An Australian soldier writes from Egypt: The Italians "can't take it. They can't take pain (I saw 100s of their wounded in tears), or the sound of shells. The sight of our bayonets makes them throw up their hands. Fascism... pooh!"
In German-occupied Denmark, chemist George de Hevesy wanted to stop the Nazis seizing gold Nobel prize medals of dissident German scientists Max von Laue & James Franck- so he has dissolved them in aqua regia, hiding in plain sight on his laboratory shelf. pic.twitter.com/TegTZpJeif
1600 Jewish refugees held in British camps in Palestine, for attempting to illegally immigrate from Europe, are to be released; despite warnings to British War Cabinet of a "disastrous" Arab reaction. pic.twitter.com/Kt80z6O9Nl
Captain Drysdale: "Artillery duel is very thrilling. Direct shell-burst on my gun. Passed out for 30 seconds, woke up thinking my arm was blown off. I heard someone say 'God, the Captain's dead' so I managed to sit up & say 'No, you bugger, fire the guns'."
Wavell's 30,000 troops- & 265 British Matilda tanks- will strike from the Egyptian desert at dawn, hoping to blindside Italians who are guarding the Mediterranean coast road. pic.twitter.com/9YjtCR0tJh