3rd Technical Training Group
Preston Barracks, Brighton, Sussex
My Darling Chotie,
Many thanks for letter, with all the news. I’m trying to write this sitting on the prom (it’s dinner-time), which isn’t the easiest of jobs. There’s a high wind and marvelous sunshine, ideal sailing weather.
I managed to get home for Saturday afternoon and Sunday last. I had a day pass for Sunday but decided to hop-it on Saturday. Everything appears to be all right in that quarter, though Michael’s a wee bit slimmer.
I would have had a swim in the Lagoon had I a costume. There were quite a few swimmin’ there, and I rather wished I could have managed it, but I’ve been in the baths here at dinner time so I’m not entirely ‘swimless’.
My arm appears to be all right now, though it was pretty bad for over a week. The trouble is that I’ve had nearly a score of letters to write during the past week.
I went to the Anglo-polish Ballet twice during their stay here. Quite good
on the whole. There is also another company here who style themselves ‘the New Russian Ballet Company’, so I may pop along to see them tonight. Eileen Joyce* is playing with the Bournemouth Philharmonic (Wessex) here on Sunday, so I won’t miss her! Though like Brinner I missed Moseivitch** by inches.
Hope everyone at home is up to scratch, I’m very fit myself (for a change) and enjoying every minute of this course. I don’t suppose I’ll go back to Dover as I believe they’ve moved.
I must close here Darling, to get back on time.
All my love, Precious
P.S. I should get nine days*** in about five weeks time. Perhaps a month ---
*Eileen Joyce was a glamorous Australian pianist.
**Benno Moisevitch, a Ukrainian-born pianist, gave hundreds of recitals for servicemen and charities during the war.
***nine days leave
© Chotie Darling
12th August 1942 – Churchill arrived in Moscow for talks with Stalin. They eventually agreed there would be no ‘second front’ across the Channel during 1942, despite Stalin’s urgent demands to deflect German attention from Russia. (From WW2-net Timelines and ‘The Second World War’ by Antony Beevor, published by Weidenfield and Nicolson 2012.)
13th August 1942 - Lieutenant-General Bernard Montgomery, the ‘Spartan’ General, took command of the Eighth Army fighting in the desert to defend Cairo and the Suez Canal from the advance of German forces under Rommel. (See WW2-net Timelines and Wilfred Jarvis Institute for Montgomery's famous 'atmosphere' speech.)