In an air raid on the Firth of Forth on 16 October, H.M.S. Southhampton was hit by one bomb, which pierced the upper deck and passed out through the ship’s side before exploding. H.M. ships Edinburgh and Mohawk were hit by splinters and sustained slight material damage.
Among well-informed people in Berlin I noticed a good deal
of despair. In wide circles there is still rejoicing over the “inspired chess move of the pact with Russia,” over the victories
in Poland, over the performance of the submarines and the
Air Corps against England. But among informed people there is growing awareness of our impending disaster.