Diary entry of Oscar Bright a British boy 1st September 1939~The war starts
1st September 1939
Today, my mother, father and grandparents where sitting around the radio waiting for the news bulletin. Poland has been invaded by Germany. When we went to the high street the paperboys were shouting, “COME GET YOUR COPY. POLAND HAS BEEN INVADED!” Big bold letters on the newspapers printed WAR.
As soon as I saw the headlines I shivered with fright. I knew quite a bit about World War 1, surely there won’t be another? The BBC radio had Mr Chamberlain addressing the nation on the eight o’clock news. Germany had invaded Poland and being our ally, the United Kingdom declared war against the Germans.
All of a sudden things changed dramatically at our home. Mother said she was going to stock the larder with canned foods; she was sure there would be food shortages. Father went up into the attic to find his military uniform. Granddad and grandma, who live on beautiful farm in the countryside, suggested Helen and I should move to the farm. Helen, my sister, can be quite stubborn at times, she is not happy, because she will miss her friends Lauren and Jennifer.
I took her to her room and told her that neither did I know what exactly was happening; the only thing I knew was that Poland has been invaded by the Germans. Unlike my little sister I couldn’t wait to go to the countryside. I love the fresh air and the animals, especially the herd of sheep. I enjoy it in the summer; it probably will be wet and muddy, which doesn’t make a difference to me, I still love it there. I am so excited. However, I wasn’t expecting to leave tomorrow. Mother told Helen and me to pack our suitcases with our clothes and other belongings, because we will be catching the train to the countryside.
Grandfather told us not to worry about school, as we will attend the village school. I am still excited about living there, although I also have to attend to my educational needs. At the same time I am worried about father. What if he has to join the army? We might not see him again, and he is such a good father to both his children. Mother says she will volunteer as a nurse to help the war effort. These are troubling times; I just hope that we do not go to war. I dread the thought. Granddad said to us that Adolf Hitler is a mad man and has no respect for life. I also feel sorry for German children who are also going to see the horrors of war.
I must go now as the tower bell is ringing and we all are going to the church, because our priest wants to pray for peace and needs to talk to the whole parish. We haven’t got a telephone and one of the church parishioners knocked on our door and told us that we must go to the church as soon as we hear the bell. I need to leave you, but tomorrow I will tell you what happened at church.
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