Letter: The British Blackout during the 1940s (or late 1939)

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Nell is the older Woodbridge sister living in England who didn’t go to Japan with the rest of the family in 1914. She is writing to her sister Floss who was, by that time, in Canada.

I didn’t know when the blackout was implemented during the war in England, but according to Wikipedia, “Blackout regulations were imposed on 1 September 1939, before the declaration of war”. Although the letter isn’t dated, it’s likely that it was written in the 1940s, rather than during 1939.

Another interesting point about the Blackout learned from Wikipedia just now: “In actual warfare, according to M. R. D. Foot, blackouts do not impair navigation by bombers because navigators focused more on reflected bodies of water, railroad tracks, or large highways. The chief purpose is to mobilize the entire civilian population, and provide a test to make sure they are obeying the rules.”

Dear Floss.

I came across this pic of the old town and thought perhaps you would like it. It has not altered, only the Iron Posts have been taken away because they were dangerous in the Black out. What a blessing when this Black out is over + done with. every time I have to put it up I feel I could scream. I feel kind of suffocated. I hope you are keeping OK. I have just written a line to Dad + also Will so please excuse these so few words. I wonder when we shall see each other again. You might as well be on the other side. keep smiling Love Nell

Nell's letter

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