Monday October 26
Leg & foot put into plaster – very sore & paining. Food ration not very good.
Tuesday October 27
Leg a little easier – sent cables away by Padre. Iti prisoners & Palestine Arabs doing orderly work on wards. Sisters very considerate.
Wednesday October 28
Lady Freyberg around visiting NZ soldiers giving us tobacco & writing material. Started writing home. News from front seems good.
Thursday October 29
Doctor fitted false heel onto plaster. Able to get up tomorrow.
Friday October 30
Allowed to get up during afternoon – very awkward walking – classed now as an up patient – go to dining hall for meals – large convoy arriving from front.
Saturday October 31st
Heel not a very good success. Hard to walk on. Met Gordon Wootton (I believe he may have been a cousin of my Grandmother). Went to pictures at night saw “Brigham Young”. Good show.
Sunday November 1st
Informed soon going to Con. Depot (convalescent depot) sooner the better – half-starved. ??? twice a week. Pictures at night “Grapes of Wrath”.
Monday November 2
Packing on heel renewed. Spent most of day laying? on bed. No word on going out.
Tuesday November 3
Mrs Chapman of Lowry Hut visited us, receiving sweets & cigarettes. News from front great : believe heavy casualties in div.
The following extract from World War 2 Timelines website in order to put the above into perspective.
|26/10/1942||The Eighth Army begins re-grouping its divisions at El Alamein for the final breakout.|
|27/10/1942||A counter-attack by the 21st Panzer-Division to push the attacking British forces back into the German minefields fails, costing them 50 Panzer’s. This leaves the axis forces with just 81 operational tanks.|
|02/11/1942||Operation ‘Supercharge’, the breakout at El Alamein gets under way. Rommel has only 32 Panzer’s left intact.|
|03/11/1942||Rejecting out of hand Field Marshal Rommel’s proposal to withdraw the Afrika Korps, now down to about 40 tanks, to the Fuka line, Hitler orders him to stand and fight.|