Crowd of Wrens, 1941.
© NMeM / Daily Herald Archive / Science & Society Picture Library
A photograph of police holding back a crowd of Women's Royal Naval Servicewomen (WRNS) at a London station, taken by Calcraft for the Daily Herald newspaper on 29 December, 1941. This happy crowd are welcoming back British Secretary of State for War, Anthony Eden (1897-1977), and Soviet Ambassador Ivan Maisky from a trip to Moscow. The two men returned with a group of soviet workers to attend the first Anglo-Soviet Trades Union Council. The Wrens sang the 'International', the anthem of Communism, as a greeting. When this photograph was taken, German troops were just outside Moscow.