Postwar squatters: a very British uprising

With the country in the grips of an acute housing crisis, the summer of 1946 saw thousands of Britons setting up home in disused military camps. Eugene Byrne tells the story of the postwar squatters

Schoolchildren helping workmen construct a new estate of pre-fabricated houses in Watford, Hertfordshire in 1946 following the devastation of the Second World War. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the June 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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