Thursday, May 9, 2013

May

9

1943

African success brings cheer to British home front

Civilians walk past a poster warning citizens about the dangers of Venereal Disease (VD) which has been posted on the wall outside the Ministry of Health building in Westminster. Behind them, a bus can be seen and in the background, the Houses of Parliament are just visible.

All this excitement was the climax of a growingly cheerful week. The American success at Mateur had already been enthusiastically played up by the papers and welcomed as warmly by the public, which bought its evening penny worth of good cheer from news vendors who had chalked their boards with such amiabilities as “Go it, Uncle Sam” and “The Yanks are coming and the Jerries are running.” Everyone seemed particularly pleased, too, that the French had been in on the Tunisian triumph.