Winston Churchill In The Second World WarMollie Panter-Downes described VE Day at length to her American readers. ‘With their customary practicality, housewives put bread before circuses. They waited in the long bakery queues, the string bags of the common round in one hand and the Union Jack of the glad occasion in the other. Even queues seemed tolerable this morning. The bells had begun to peal and, after the storm, London was having a perfect, hot, English summer’s day.’

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