Life went on in the Battery. On 17 December, I wrote Ottly a letter which she received in March. On 18 December, I had a full chest x-ray in an attempt to diagnose a psychological dyspace [?], which was of long standing ailment. Why I’ll never know, since certainly nothing could have been done about it if the report had been positive! I changed my allotment from $150 to $210. I read “Orphans of the Storm” by Florence Horn [?] and noted in my diary that Ottly should read it. We heard on 23 December that Hitler had relieved his top generals and was taking over the command himself. There had been heavy reverses in Russia and Lybia.

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