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When the British went to war exactly 80 years ago they swiftly lost the individual freedom to make fundamental choices over the way they lived. Freedom of travel, freedom to choose work, freedom to remain where they lived, freedom to choose a school for the kids, freedom to buy the clothes they
World War II began when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. The invasion began on September 1, but the war didn't begin officially until Great Britain and France declared war on Germany. The United States entered World War II on December 8, 1941 by declaring war on Japan for bombing the United.
When the British went to war exactly 80 years ago they swiftly lost the individual freedom to make fundamental choices over the way they lived.
Freedom of travel, freedom to choose work, freedom to remain where they lived, freedom to choose a school for the kids, freedom to buy the clothes they wanted, even the freedom to decide how many books were printed, how many movies were made, and what kind of news could be reported and what could not—all gone.
That’s what being on a war footing meant. The state became all powerful. In order to survive, we were told, individual choice was a luxury Britain could no longer afford.
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World War II (often abbreviated to WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War , was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world 's countries—including all the great
World War II , conflict that involved virtually every part of the world during 1939–45. The main combatants were the Axis powers (Germany, Italy, and Japan) and the Allies (France, Great Britain , the United States, the Soviet Union, and China). It was the bloodiest conflict, as well as the largest war
And there was one other curtailment of individual choice that touched every home in the land: what people could eat.
In war Britain’s position as an offshore island of Europe had an upside and a downside. The upside was that invasion by land was impossible. The downside was that the population could not be fed from the island’s own resources.
Hitler understood that vulnerability. He set out to starve the British by sending swarms of submarines into the north Atlantic to wreak havoc on convoys bringing food from Canada and America. © Provided by The Daily Beast Sir Jack Drummond, wartime adviser on nutrition, now research chief of Boots, Nottingham. Kurt Hutton/Getty
In the decade before the war Britain imported around 22 million tons of food a year, almost two-thirds of its food supply. During the war that was halved, to around 11.5 million tons.
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But the British never starved. In fact, they ate the healthiest diet they had ever enjoyed.
This was made possible largely by the work of one man, a biochemist named Jack Drummond. In a classic example of the right man being in the right place at the right time to acquire absolute power over a policy, the arrival of Drummond as scientific adviser to the Ministry of Food in 1940 has few equals.
Quite simply, Drummond laid down the daily menus for the whole country.
But his power extended beyond that. He decided what foods should be imported and what should not. He ordained a new balance between imported foods and home-produced foods, limiting imports to essentials and specifying what Britain should provide more of for itself. © Getty British ration books from 1941 and 1948
Only in wartime and with a leader as responsive to scientific arguments as Winston Churchill could one man with a rigorous doctrine of his own have cut through all the bureaucracies, vested interests and red tape with such speed and results.
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The Battle of Britain took place during World War II between Britain ’s Royal Air Force and the German Luftwaffe, which killed thousands in the London Blitz.
World War II Animation from IWM. Hitler viewed much of what's now Eastern Europe as a site for "lebensraum" -- living space for an expanding German In the years preceding World War II , Stalinist purges led to the death and starvation of millions. The horrors were compounded by the Nazi invasion.
After the war the American Public Health Association, citing Drummond for an award, said his work was “one of the greatest demonstrations in public health administration that the world has ever seen.”
But Drummond had a conviction and personal authority that was hard to challenge. He gained recognition by advancing the knowledge of how vitamins worked, first as a pupil of a Polish biochemist, Casimir Funk, who coined the word “vitamine” while working at the Cancer Research Institute in London.
Drummond, dropping the final “e,” identified and named vitamins A, B and C. At the age of 31 he became the first professor of biochemistry at University College London.
But then, with the help of a young research assistant, Anne Wilbraham, Drummond began a personal journey into the subject that really fascinated him: What the British ate and why they ate it. The two of them produced a book, The Englishman’s Food, that covered 500 years of British gastronomy, such as it was.
Gallery: World War II in 78 powerful pictures (Microsoft Photos)
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German railroad low loaders with new tanks on the way to the Eastern Front in 1943.
Hitler legitimates the military aggression against Poland in his speech at the Kroll Opera House in 1939.
British children evacuated from an unidentified location on Sept. 1, 1939.
New addresses of people whose houses were destroyed during bombing scribbled outside a ruined house in Germany in 1944.
Jews are deported in open cattle carriages in Warsaw, circa 1944.
French singer Édith Piaf visits a prisoner-of-war camp in 1943.
Detonation of the atomic bomb over Nagasaki.
An aerial photograph of Hiroshima, shortly after the 'Little Boy' atomic bomb was dropped in 1945.
Free City of Danzig, a semi-autonomous city-state which was in existence between 1920 and 1939, as seen on Aug. 29, 1939.
A German soldier in 1940.
A motorcyclist of the 1st Canadian Reconnaissance Squadron enjoys a cup of tea during an break in the day's work in 1940.
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A German watch column in Paris, France, circa 1940.
Newspaper seller in London with banner declaring the outbreak of World War II in 1939.
Chinese soldiers marching toward the Salween front during the Burma Campaign in the South-East Asian Theater of World War II in 1943.
A boy holding a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London in 1940.
Grenadiers of the Waffen-SS carrying artillery grenades in 1944.
German submarine in the polar sea in 1942.
A group of people set for evacuation from London in 1939.
A squadron of Germany's Heinkel He-111 bombers on mission against enemy targets in October 1941.
Piled-up shoes of Holocaust victims in one of the concentration camps.
German troops enter Warsaw in 1939.
Members of a propaganda company within the battle zone report the events during the campaign in Poland in September 1939.
Germans advance toward Kasserine in Tunisia in February 1943.
Russian soldiers captured by Germans during an interrogation in 1943.
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German troops positioned in Warsaw, Poland, on Sep. 15, 1939.
A war memorial in Russia in 1942.
Three stricken U.S. battleships — West Virginia (L), Tennessee (C) and Arizona — after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The destroyed monastery of Monte Cassino in Italy in April 1944.
Jewish prisoners stand in order, circa 1942.
Bombs in a weapons factory in 1940.
A soldier during a meal, pictured in 1943.
Polish Jewish resistance women, captured after the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto, in 1943.
Soviet Katyusha rockets on the Eastern Front in 1941.
German navy celebrates Christmas Eve aboard a U-Boat in 1943.
Crew of the Enola Gay, before departing for the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
Field kitchen in a train handing out food to soldiers on Aug. 27, 1943.
Explosion after atomic bombing over Nagasaki in 1945.
A German soldier ducks down during an explosion in Russia in 1942.
Soldiers from the Commonwealth of Nations fighting for Great Britain as prisoners of war on their way to a German compound in 1943.
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An F6F Hellcat (VF-2) crash-lands on USS Enterprise's flight deck in 1943.
The Enola Gay bomber lands back on Tinian island after dropping the atom bomb on Hiroshima in 1945.
U.S. troops disembark on Tarawa island in 1943.
German soldiers watching the battle at the Eastern Front unfold at the exit of a bunker on Dec. 23, 1942.
War correspondent and novelist Ernest Hemingway during the war in 1944.
A young Russian after the liberation of Dachau concentration camp in Germany in 1945.
General Charles de Gaulle inspecting the “Free French Naval Forces” in the U.K., 1941.
German soldiers celebrate Christmas in their quarter at the Eastern Front in 1943.
An anti-Hitler demonstration in New York in 1939.
A soldier with a machine gun in a Ukrainian town in 1943.
German anti-aircraft warfare helpers in 1943.
A pro-Hitler rally in Berlin in 1941.
Soldiers on a ship in 1942.
Aerial view of the Ford Island (C) and Ford Airbase after the Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor.
Crowds gather at Champs-Élysées Avenue to celebrate the German capitulation at the end of World War II on May 8, 1945.
Hitler inspecting a group of SA (Sturmabteilung) members in Germany in 1939. SA was the paramilitary wing of the Nazi party.
People take shelter in the Piccadilly Circus underground tube station, London in 1940.
German soldiers search Jews for weapons in September 1939.
Allied war ships and planes at Tokyo Bay in Japan in 1945.
A German officer arrested by a U.S. soldier in September 1944.
German prisoners under guard of the 2nd Armored Division of the French general, Philippe Leclerc, in September 1944.
The U.S. warships in Okinawa during the American troop landing in Japan in 1945.
German soldiers douse a fire in 1943.
Members of the German armed force unit, Volkssturm, in 1945.
A German prisoner at the end of the war in 1945.
Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter planes above the English Channel coast in 1940.
A French “Normandy” tank fording a stream in a combat area in January 1940.
Germany's dive bombers Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka on mission at the Kandalaksha front in June 1944.
The village of Saint-Lô in France which was completely destroyed by the allied bombings seen on July 14, 1944.
Horia Sima, a Romanian leader of the 'Iron Guards' organisation, leaves the organisation's headquarter after a commemoration ceremony in Bucharest in 1940. Behind Sima are representatives of the German embassy.
German soldiers on a village road in Russia in 1943.
German prisoners of war in 1942.
A U.S. soldier with a hand grenade during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942.
German submarine on mission in the Atlantic Ocean in 1941.
Victory parade of the Wehrmacht in Warsaw in 1939.
A long-distance reconnaissance and fighter plane Focke-Wulf FW 200 over the Atlantic in August 1943.
A German tank and infantry entering a Soviet village in January 1944.
A German soldier in a camouflage outfit at the eastern front in 1942.
Children take a nap in a day care center in Germany in 1939.
A view of Battle of Okinawa in 1945.
A view of the armaments factory in 1940.
Axis powers' air attack on Malta in 1942.
Motorized heavy anti-aircraft gun crossing a river in October 1941.
General view of landing crafts by Allied forces in France on June 6, 1944.
German relief troops carry their baggage on sledges in Soviet Union in February 1944.
Allied landing operation at Anzio, Italy, on Jan. 22, 1944.
General Erhard Milch speaking to German Stuka pilots in 1940.
Starved prisoners at a concentration camp in Ebensee, Austria, on May 7, 1945.
A French soldier investigates the pile of footwear belonging to victims near the crematorium at Struthof Concentration Camp near Strasbourg, Alsace, France.
A scene of devastation after the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, Japan, in 1945.
American destroyer USS Shaw explodes during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The city of Nagasaki after the atomic bombing in 1945.
Concentration camp prisoners after the liberation in May 1945.
The entrance of the Auschwitz concentration camp after the liberation in 1945.
A Jewish prisoner in conversation with a soldier.
Prisoners at the Mauthausen concentration camp.
Polish Jewish resistance women and children, captured after the destruction of the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943.
Detainees of Flossenbürg concentration camp at work in a quarry, circa 1940.
The city of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb strike in 1945.
Soldiers and officers of the Volkhov and Leningrad Fronts meet after managing to open a narrow land corridor in the Siege of Leningrad.
Flag raising on Iwo Jima.
It turned out to be a scientific skewering of centuries of bad diets and the ravages of public health that they caused, a kind of founding thesis for a science not yet fully embraced: nutritionism.
To read the book is to take a view of a country that is a living, crazy montage of malnutrition and gluttony.
For example, an 18th-century “country gentleman” sat down to a typical dinner: First course of cod, some mutton, some soup, a chicken pie. Second course pigeons and asparagus, fillet of veal with mushrooms, roasted sweetbreads, hot lobster, apricot tart. Dessert a pyramid of syllabubs and jellies with white port.
The working-class dinner of the same period was, if you were lucky, a shin of beef, a small beer and a slice of bread.
Drawing from a mountain of anecdotal evidence Drummond concluded that between these two extremes the British could and should have a diet that, at the very least, met basic daily energy requirements. That, he said, meant for an active young man a diet that provided 3,200 calories a day and for a woman about 2,300 calories. © Provided by The Daily Beast Three young children enjoying a portable, healthy snack - a carrot on a stick. Ice cream is not available due to war rationing. Ashwood/Getty
As the book was delivered in 1939 Drummond had a personal crisis to handle. His marriage broke up. He and Wilbraham had become lovers while they worked on the book, and after he was divorced they married in 1940, just after he was appointed diet supremo.
I still clearly remember the day when food rationing began in January 1940.
Every family was issued with a ration book that contained coupons, the size of postage stamps. The coupons were not money. Their worth was determined by the quantity and type of food they could be exchanged for, and that value constantly changed depending on the food supply – for example, according to what cut of meat and what weight was available each week.
My mother flipped through the pages—the books were printed on cheap, coarse paper—and tried to figure out the system. This was followed by regular arguments with the grocer, the butcher and the baker about what we were entitled to have.
And, as with any such imposition, people found ways around it. The officially approved way was to grow your own stuff. Anyone with a garden or a so-called “allotment”, a strip of nearby land available for cultivation, could get the seeds to grow vegetables.
Gallery: The Blitz in WWII (Microsoft Photos)
The Blitz, during which Nazi Germany bombed London and other English cities in nighttime raids, lasted from Sept. 7, 1940, to May 1941. The raids killed around 43,000 British civilians and left widespread destruction. We take a look back at the Blitz.
(Pictured) A bus is left leaning against the side of a terrace in Harrington Square, Mornington Crescent, in the aftermath of a German bombing raid on London in the first days of the Blitz, Sept. 9, 1940. The bus was empty at the time, but 11 people were killed in the houses.
East Londoners made homeless by German bombing raids in the first month of the Blitz, September 1940.
The wreckage of a residential street in South London, bombed at the start of the Blitz on Sept. 12, 1940.
A policeman and a soldier of the Home Guard walk past vehicles wrecked during a German bombing raid near Marble Arch, London, circa 1940.
The debris of St Thomas's Hospital, London, the morning after receiving a direct hit during the Blitz, in front of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.
Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following the German aerial bombing.
Damaged railings outside Buckingham Palace, London on Sept. 14, 1940, after the explosion of a German bomb dropped in an air raid the previous day.
The king and queen stand amid the bomb damage at Buckingham Palace, circa 1940. The palace was a deliberate target for the Luftwaffe as their high command felt that the destruction of the Royal Palace would demoralize the nation, whereas it had the opposite effect. The queen was famously to utter, "I'm glad we have been bombed. Now I can look the East End in the face."
People attending a concert in the subway at Aldwych Station, circa 1940, to protect themselves from German bombs.
Huge area of debris in London after a heavy German air raid during the Battle of Britain, circa 1940.
Members of an army bomb disposal squad rolling an unexploded German bomb through a London park after defusing it. The bomb was later taken to Hackney Marsh, where it was exploded, circa September 1940.
Nurses sort through the rubble of a damaged hospital after being bombed by Nazi airmen during raids on London on Sept. 25, 1940.
Arriving for work as usual, Mrs. Marsh works amongst the broken glass of a tailor's shop after an air raid on the East End of London on Sept. 28, 1940.
Postmen sift through the wreckage of their central London sorting office looking for letters that survived the Blitz, circa September 1940.
A barrier erected by police across Fleet Street in London while an unexploded bomb is dealt with, circa October 1940. Signs showing the temporary addresses of firms which have moved due to wartime disruption are displayed on the barrier.
Bomb raid against London, with the parliament in the light of conflagration, circa 1940.
One of the mobile canteens donated by Americans through the Allied Relief Fund in operation in a bombed area of London on Oct. 9, 1940. The vans provided hot food and drink to air-raid victims.
A bus lies in a large crater in the road in Balham, London, the morning after a German air raid during the Battle of Britain on Oct. 15, 1940. During the raid on night of the Oct. 14, a bomb exploded on Balham High Street, destroying part of the tube station underneath.
The library at Holland House in Kensington, London, extensively damaged by a Molotov "Breadbasket" fire bomb, circa October 1940.
A fireman carries a young boy out of the rubble after a bombing raid, circa 1940.
Miss Ena Squire-Brown, an international dancer famed for her "Dove Dance," leaves her recently bombed home for St. George's Church in Forest Hill, to marry Royal Air Force flying officer J.C. Martin in London on Nov. 5, 1940.
People sleeping on the crowded platform of Elephant and Castle tube station while taking shelter from German air raids during the London Blitz on Nov. 11, 1940.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit the site of a bombed cinema in West London, during a tour of the area on Nov. 19, 1940.
Firemen on the roof of Cannon Street Station looking toward St Paul's Cathedral, London, circa 1941.
A blaze in the Negretti and Zambra building at Holborn Circus, London, after a German bombing raid, circa 1941.
Firefighters tackling flames during the London bombings, circa 1941.
A man saves an intact guitar from amongst the wreckage of the Cafe de Paris in London, bombed during the raid on March 9, 1941.
Shocked Londoners survey the destruction on their street on March 19, 1941.
Trucks begin cleaning up the rubble of a gate at Buckingham Palace, which was damaged for the second time during the Blitz in March 1941.
A tobacconist shop in London carries on business despite the effects of the Blitz in April 1941.
A fire squad rushes along a dock wall in the East End of London to the scene of a fire after an air raid, April 1941. The group are members of the "Dead End Kids" – a gang of teenage boys from the East End of London, who work as unofficial fire fighters.
Houses wrecked by German bombing on the outskirts of Coventry, England, on April 10, 1941.
Firefighters attending the scene of destroyed buildings at the Bull Ring in the High Street, Central Birmingham, following an overnight air raid on April 10, 1941.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill, with his wife and the American ambassador, visits the bombed city of Bristol in April 1941.
Rubble fills the square in front of a bank building the day after a German bombing raid on April 17, 1941, that sheared off the upper facade. A Union Jack hangs from the roofline.
Queen Elizabeth and King George VI of Great Britain visiting bombed sites in London on April 23, 1941.
AFS firemen tackle a Blitz fire amidst the rubble surrounding St. Paul's Cathedral, London, circa May 1941.
An air raid warden advises people where to go for assistance in the aftermath of a bombing in London on May 3, 1941.
A workman looks at a poster of the film "So This Is London" on the wall of the remains of a bombed London cinema on May 8, 1941.
Firemen dampening down Mateer & Nelson hardware store in Hull following an overnight air raid by the Luftwaffe on May 8, 1941.
Wren's St. Clement Danes church in London damaged after a Nazi air raid on May 12, 1941.
Typists at work in the garden of St. Dunstans Headquarters in Regents Park, London, after a bombing raid destroyed their office on May 12, 1941.
Amid the devastation in Cave Street, Beverley Road, Hull, England, a gas lamp remained, stark against the blacken sky. By the end of the Second World War, over 80 percent of the city's housing stock had been damaged or destroyed by aerial bombing.
Bomb damage inside Westminster Abbey, London, on May 13, 1941.
Devastated buildings around St. Paul's Cathedral, London, after an air raid on May 24, 1941.
The remains of St. Annes Convalescent Home and Chapel situated between St. Annes Road and Sands Lane, Bridlington, England, on the morning of June 18, 1941.
Damaged buildings at Cannon Street in London on May 29, 1941.
A construction crew works on completing demolition on a site largely destroyed in an air raid in London in July 1941.
Winston Churchill visits the ruins of Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England, on Sept. 28, 1941, following its destruction during the Coventry Blitz (Nov. 14 and 15, 1940). In later years when the RAF and the USAAF bombed cities in Nazi Germany, they used the words "coventration bombing" to describe their blanket bombing attacks.
Dogs made homeless by the Blitz seen here at Blue Cross kennels, circa December 1941.
We had both a garden and an allotment and my father, who grew up on a farm, had green fingers. Everything he planted flourished. But this brought its own problems. There was far more of some things than we could eat – for example, I was assigned to sell off surplus of carrots. And the vegetables were limited to their seasons, so for large parts of the year we would never see a carrot or a tomato.
My father also had the skills of a nocturnal hunter-gatherer. He frequently disappeared with a small rifle and came back with a brace of rabbits or a hare. I became a big fan of my mother’s rabbit stew and only encountered a superior version once, decades later, in Tuscany.
Other people were less scrupulous. A neighbor was arrested after a schoolteacher asked his two kids why they hadn’t had a bath in two months. The kids, with dangerous candor, disclosed that the bathtub was occupied by half a side of a pig that was curing.
The abiding genius of Drummond’s doctrine was the way that it governed how fluctuating food supplies were managed to guarantee that the basic diet (if rabbits were not available) was healthy.
To cut back on imports of wheat a “national loaf” was produced, virtually a whole-grain bread that retained all the key nutrients in the flour, with calcium carbonate added to provide the calcium; vitamins A and D were added to margarine as a healthier substitute for butter; and children received a free daily bottle of milk at school. Orange juice, cod liver oil and tablets of vitamins A and D went to pregnant women and small children. (I developed a taste for cod liver oil that has never left me, it’s my elixir.) © Provided by The Daily Beast A family picture of the English DRUMMOND family, in 1944 : Sir Jack DRUMOND, 53 years old, director of a biology laboratory at the University of London, his wife Lady Ann DRUMMOND, born WILBRAHAM, 39 years old, and their 2 year old daughter Elizabeth. Keystone-France/Getty
When Drummond discovered that dried eggs were being produced in California and Wisconsin he had them included in the Lend-Lease program arranged by Churchill and Roosevelt. The new food technologies of drying and condensing meant that eggs and milk required far less of the valuable cargo space in those dangerous convoys.
What was not imported was sometimes as important as what was: sugar imports were cut to 19th-century levels, with a corresponding improvement in health that was particularly evident to dentists.
In fact, that was but one measure of what the new British diet achieved. Infant mortality rates were the lowest on record; bone growth and the height of children increased and the rate of every diet-related disease declined dramatically.
So, rather than being starved into submission the British ended the war in robust health. I have always felt that growing up at that time was, in health terms, very lucky. My young body had no opportunity to be seduced by the kind of programmed obesity that afflicts so many kids today.
It should also be noted that in the war more people died of famine than in combat: At least 20 million of famine and 19.5 million in combat. The rate in some countries was horrendous: 2,000 Greeks under Nazi occupation were dying of hunger a day by 1943, and the infant mortality rate rose to 50 percent.
Gallery: WWII posters from different countries (Microsoft Photos)
From recruitment messages to blatant propaganda against rival nations, World War II (1939-45) saw posters and illustrations encouraging citizens to stay strong and fight. Take a look at some vintage posters from the era.
An American cultural icon of the time, Uncle Sam is seen asking citizens to avoid leaking sensitive information to enemies by not discuss war efforts in public.
A Soviet poster depicts the alliance between their nation and Great Britain, with the caption, "Meeting over Berlin."
A propaganda poster for the Japanese Air Force.
A German recruitment poster depicts a Schutzstaffel (SS) soldier, with the slogan, "Dutchmen, for your honour and conscience! The Waffen SS summons you to fight Bolshevism!"
This poster shows former U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874-1965) with his quote "Let us go forward together," from his first speech as prime minister to the House of Commons.
This 1941 poster depicts a Russian soldier stabbing a swastika-shaped serpent with his bayonet, with the caption, "Death to the fascist beast!"
A Finnish soldier wears a gas mask and holds a shield to protect citizens from an air attack. The slogan reads, "Danger threatens from the sky! All citizens to civil defence work!"
A Japanese propaganda poster showcases the nation's artillery power.
A symbol of American feminism during the war, Rosie the Riveter is seen saying, "It's our right too!"
This American posted cautions the country’s citizens from discussing war efforts in public. The posters were produced to warn the public that foreign spies could overhear and act on information leaked through casual conversation in public spaces.
This employment service poster urges women to take up work to support war efforts.
This British poster urges citizens to grow their own produce due to scarce resources.
This poster shows American fighter jets completing the U.S. national flag.
This poster sends a message of solidarity to all Commonwealth nations.
This U.S. Army recruitment poster calls on young men - aged 18 to 26 - to sign up for the Air Force and train to be pilots, navigators and bombardiers.
A recruitment poster for SPARS - the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Women's Reserve.
A German poster depicts a black eagle with the Nazi flag and the caption, "Germany, your colonies!"
A recruitment poster for the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.
A German poster marks the 10th anniversary of the Machtergreifung, or the rise to power of the Nazi party, on Jan. 30, 1943. It carries the slogan, "One fight, one victory."
A German poster carries the slogan, "Work for your victory as hard as we fight for it."
An American poster compares World War II soldiers with troops of the American Revolutionary War.
This American propaganda poster shows the caricature of a Japanese man, titled "Tokio Kid," with a bloody dagger behind his back, checking out scrap metals. This character was highlighted in several American propaganda posters.
A Soviet propaganda poster shows a Japanese man bowing to a German soldier's boot.
A two-headed German/Japanese monster is seen tearing the Statue of Liberty, as a hand holds a wrench with "Production" inscribed on it. It reads, "Stop this monster that stops at nothing... produce to the limit! This is your war!"
An American poster shows a drowning man pointing accusingly. This was a part of a series of posters warning against careless disclosures of the whereabouts of troops and ships.
A German poster claims the progress of liberation efforts of American and British troops through Italy was slower than a snail's. The slogan reads, "It's a long way to Rome."
This USSR poster depicts two Russian soldiers as they defend their positions. It carries the message, "Let's shield Leningrad."
The German recruitment poster shows a Waffen-SS soldier, with text specifying potential recruits needed to be at least 17 years old.
A Soviet poster depicts the Red Army with the slogan, "For the Motherland, for honor, for freedom!"
An Italian poster depicts the American Statue of Liberty removing her mask to reveal a sinister, grinning skull, as the text reads, "Here are the Liberators!"
A poster of a Russian Red Army soldier with the text, "Let's fight for Moscow!"
A member of the Dutch paramilitary wing, Weerbaarheidsafdeling (WA), is seen with the caption, "In the service of our people. And you? Become a WA man."
A Soviet poster depicts Russian icons - Alexander Nevsky, Alexander Suvorov and Vasily Chapayev (top L to R) with the slogan, "Fight bravely, sons of Suvorov and Chapayev."
An American poster asks citizens to buy war bonds, as the scene of the flag raising over Iwo Jima is depicted.
A British poster shows a man speaking to a child, asking him to follow evacuation orders during the Blitz. However, many, including the Royal family, volunteered to stay back in London, to help in war and relief efforts.
The spirit of 19th century Italian patriot Goffredo Mameli leads his nation into war. The caption reads, "Brothers of Italy, Italy has awakened! The spirit of Goffredo Mameli will defend the social republic."
A poster of American sailor and war hero Dorie Doris Miller with the caption, "Above and beyond the call of duty."
An American infantryman seen standing heroically in the midst of war in this recruitment poster.
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Churchill seen with flags of Allied nations.
A Canadian poster depicts a mother and a baby surrounded by menacing hands from Germany and Japan.
A nurse is depicted in this poster created for the 1943 war fund.
Soviet icon Vladimir Lenin is featured on this poster, with the caption, "Under the flag of Lenin, for our Motherland, to victory!"
A young soldier is celebrated on his return home in this poster, with the caption, "Speed the day with war bonds."
A Russian poster depicts a woman repairing a wall in Leningrad. It reads, "We defended Leningrad! We will restore it!"
A poster asks readers to take care of gas masks. The caption reads, "Designed for living. Take care of your gas mask. Don't use it as a knapsack or pillow."
A poster from the Netherlands depicts the U.S. as a monster made of many parts – from the Ku Klux Klan to nuclear bombs.
A young Russian soldier is depicted in this poster which reads, "Glory to all soldiers of the Red Army!"
This American poster depicts a uniformed soldier greeting a civilian as he produces food in his garden. The soldier says, "I see we're fighting the war together."
A U.S. Navy recruitment poster shares messages from the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), or WAVES, which is an abbreviation for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.
A fist smashes through the Nazi flag on the poster which reads, "Buy more war bonds and stamps."
Smiling American women are depicted in business attire as the caption reads, "Secretaries of War." It encourages recruitment of women in war efforts.
This U.S.-poster depicts the Army landing on a beach, with the caption, "Your metal is on the attack. Keep it coming!" It encourages scrapping of more metal to produce ammunition and artillery.
A U.S. Navy recruitment poster promotes the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), or WAVES.
A British aircraft carrier and fighter plane is seen in this poster which carries a message from British leader Winston Churchill.
This British poster encourages women to come to work in the factories, to help in war efforts.
Uncle Sam is seen here flexing his muscles in this U.S. Army enlistment poster.
To conserve gasoline during the war, Americans were encouraged to carpool. This poster shows a man sharing his car with an outline of Adolf Hitler.
Uncle Sam is seen cursing Japanese fighter planes as the poster reads, "Avenge Pearl Harbor. Our bullets will do it."
This poster depicts a nurse as she stands over an injured patient. The caption reads, "Save his life... and find your own. Be a nurse."
This poster encourages carpooling among citizens. The caption reads, "Help win the war. Squeeze in one more."
A man with star-spangled handcuffs fits a woman with a nurse's hat, in this U.S. military health services recruitment poster.
This American Women's Army Corps (WAC) recruitment poster carries the caption, "Are you a girl with a star-spangled heart? Join the WAC now!"
This American poster encourages the growing of produce in personal gardens to help with the scarce food supplies during the war.
A uniformed officer is seen in this recruitment poster for United States Marine Corps Women's Reserve. The woman depicted has strong resemblances with the first director of the wing, Ruth Cheney Streeter.
This U.S. poster warns its citizens from falling prey to propaganda from Germany and Japan.
A uniformed officer is seen in this American Cadet Nurse Corps recruitment poster. It also offers free lifetime education for qualifying high school graduates, if they enlist.
A Nazi plane is seen in flames as the poster reads, "Your scrap...brought it down. Keep scrapping."
Uncle Sam salutes his citizens as the caption reads, "We're all in the Army now. Let's all work to win."
This poster promotes the usage of ration stamps to eradicate black market operations of food supplies.
A sinister looking soldier is seen wearing a German army helmet, as he peers at the reader over a wall. It warned, "He's watching you."
A Russian poster depicts a woman harvesting crops, with the caption, "We will beat the enemy with our Bolshevik harvest gathering."
Uncle Sam stands in front of a beautiful American vista as the caption reads, "Why we fight. For all the things we have."
Rosie the Riveter is seen thinking of her partner who is at the frontlines. WOW stood for Woman Ordnance Worker.
A detailed view of a British Spitfire plane is seen in this promotional illustration.
Allied flags are seen on canon barrels, as the poster reads "United we are strong. United we will win."
An American poster encourages skilled laborers to join as carpenters, machinists or electricians to build for the Navy.
Encouraging rationing during the war, this British poster asks the citizens to opt for potatoes instead of bread.
This Soviet poster shows a woman warning against gossiping during wartime.
At the end of the war Drummond was knighted for his work. But his life had a gruesome conclusion.
In the summer of 1952 he set off with his wife and daughter for a driving holiday in France. One evening, when they reached a part of rural Provence, they pulled off the road to spend the night sleeping in their car.
In the morning Sir Jack and his wife were found shot in the car. Their daughter was found nearby, beaten to death with a rifle butt.
Gaston Dominici, a 75-year-old farmer, was arrested and found guilty of the murders. He was sentenced to death but, after three years on death row the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment. He was released in 1960 because of his age and health.
Dominici’s family have always insisted on his innocence. There was no apparent motive. And, as is inevitable with such a distinguished man as the victim, there is a minor industry of conspiracy theorists. © Provided by The Daily Beast French police at the scene of the murders of British biochemist Sir Jack Drummond (1891 - 1952), his wife Anne and their 10 year-old daughter Elizabeth on a road near the village of Lurs, in the Basses-Alpes department in Southern France, 6th August 1952. The Drummonds were killed on the night of 4th-5th August, while travelling on holiday. Their green Hillman estate car is labelled at top right, as are the spots where each of the three bodies was found. Keystone/Getty
After he left government service Drummond joined one of Britain’s leading pharmaceutical companies, Boots, as head of research. One theory has it that the trip to the south of France involved his carrying out some industrial espionage on a French rival, and, having been detected, was assassinated. There is no evidence that Boots ever operated like that, or that Drummond had any talent for espionage.
In France “The Dominici Affair” is now seen as a miscarriage of justice and one of the most tantalizing cold cases of its time.
As for one of Drummond’s curious lasting effects on me, it will always be how special a banana is. He decreed that importing bananas was a needless risk for the ships to undertake since they provided nothing that was not already in his diet. When bananas returned in 1945 they seemed to me like the most exotic fruit in the world, and they still do.
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