Crowd of Wrens, 1941.


Crowd of Wrens, 1941.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm


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.

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© Daily Herald Archive / National Science & Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

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