December 12th 1940
Thursday December 12th
It was a very bad night last night with guns firing endlessly and heavy bombs dropping in the (not so) distance. Cheltenham seems to have got it, and Birmingham. We hardly slept at all for though the All Clear went at 1.40am, a new alert sounded at 4.00am, and the All Clear did not go until twenty to eight.
“We” captured Sidi Barrani in Libya and 20,000 prisoners all told. A very nice little haul, but I wish they had been Germans.
Jerry seems to be too quiet – he’s up to something particularly beastly, one can be sure.
Lord Lothian died suddenly in America.
 Twenty people were killed and 600 lost their homes in a bombing by German planes returning from a raid on Coventry. There is an eye witness report at http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/gloucestershire/hi/people_and_places/history/newsid_9276000/9276212.stm
 See details of the Battle of Sidi Barrani at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Sidi_Barrani
 UK ambassador to the US. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_Kerr,_11th_Marquess_of_Lothian#Personal_life_and_death