Britain in 1945: Life in the shadow of victory

Maggie Andrews chronicles the joy and trepidation that filled the hearts of Britons on the home front in the early months of 1945...

Huts in Lambeth built for bombed-out families, 1945. (Getty)

In January 1945 an advert appeared in a number of newspapers, which read: “Some of the sterner war-time duties are relaxing – Home guard, Fire Guard, Civil Defense. If this leaves you a little spare time, remember the job that’s still as important as ever – growing your own foodstuffs in garden and allotment. It’s a healthy job, and a war winner too!”

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