Diary of Albert E. Holland

November 5, 1944

Very heavy raids all day today – there must have been six waves altogether – the first raid this afternoon was the most savage we have had yet – Most of the bombing was over the bay and Port Area – We could hear the poms-poms of the warships – Anti-aircraft fire was intense – Many bullets & pieces of shrapnel fell in the camp.

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Morale is high again – I suppose it is natural that morale should go up and down in direct ratio to the bombings – But it is hard on the nervous system, and many of the old men are restless for days.

The food is getting worse every day – And by the middle of the month our few camp reserves give out – oh well, as the Austrians say “Die Lage ist kritisch aber nicht ernst” – The position is critical but not serious.