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“[A] damned good beatin’…”

I’ve been reading William L. Shirer’s “Berlin Diary,” published in 1941.

Shirer, a passionate anti-Nazi and a prescient opponent of appeasement, was the Berlin-based correspondent for CBS radio in the period leading up to and immediately following the outbreak of World War II.

Here’s something he wrote on July 14, 1939, during a visit to London:

A wild game of golf with [fellow CBS correspondent Edward R. Murrow], and it was good– after listening to my Labour friends in Parliament curse conscription and the Conservatives express hopes for further appeasement– to hear my caddy say in a thick cockney: “Seems as ‘ow we’ll have to give that bloke Hitler a damned good beatin’ one o’ these days….”

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