On 22nd July 1942 Dick was assigned to
No3. Technical Training Group in Brighton
SERVICE AND CASUALTY FORM
22.7.42. Cutd(?) to No 3. Tech. Trg. Gp. Army Rank Trooper Place Brighton
Letter written Wednesday 22nd July
Tpr Williams R
5731671 Room 28
3rd Technical Training Group
Dearest Darling Chotie,
As you will see from above address, I’ve changed location once again, as I’m on a six-week course at Brighton. Will you please note exact address as above and make no further reference, as to Regt etc.
I’m afraid I’ve only been toBrighton a couple of times before, and so was able to find much to interest me. The number of Oriental and Continental cafés and jewel shops is amazing. The famous Aquarium is, unfortunately, occupied by the Army, but the mosque-like Pavilion is still open.
The unit I’m now with isn’t too bad on the whole. A very rough lot – no signs of mental vigour, as the medical journal would say – but I’m very thankful to be out of the Airborne in spite of two good friends I made there.
I’ve had no reply to my last missive – it will probably catch me up in a few days’ time.
I was transferred from 'A' Squadron to HQ and a couple of days later I found myself on this course. It’s a driving course and should be quite easy.
I managed to get a couple of hours in Brighton this evening and was amazed to find that almost everything was still going – cinemas, theatres, etc. – although all ARP services, and ATS etc appear to be well under control.
I was very glad to see our old County again – the Oast houses and farmsteads looking just as peaceful as before this wretched business – I think it would take more than a war to alter them.
I wish you could have been with me, Chotie Darling, I miss you terribly. I only hope the day will soon come when we will be together, and when our only worry will be Junior’s first teeth, or something equally trifling.
Goodnight, my Precious
P.S. Write soon
© Chotie Darling
23rd July 1942 - opening of Treblinka extermination camp in NE Poland. More than 850,000 people were murdered here, the majority Jewish. Between July 22nd and September 12th 1942 approximately 265,000 Jews from the Warsaw ghetto were deported to Treblinka and c.35,000 were killed inside the ghetto. (From ‘Warsaw’, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website)
In Operation Blau, the German advance in southern Russia, they capture Rostov, a city near the mouth of the River Don on the Sea of Azov and the western gateway to critical Caucasian oilfields.
26th July 1942 –As attacks and counter attacks continue on the El Alamein front the SAS (Special Air Service) destroy 37 Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground including critical supply planes. In July 1942 alone daring raids by the SAS destroyed a total of 86 German aircraft in North Africa. (From ‘The Second World War’ by Antony Beevor, published by Weidenfield and Nicolson 2012)
Rationing of sweets and chocolate introduced in Britain. Biscuits were also rationed from August 1942.