GREAT BRITAIN: War Babies

In the decade after World War I London's East Enders had a pat apology for any thin-cheeked, jittery, neurotic child: "You'll have to excuse her. She's a war baby—was born the night a bomb fell two streets away." Last week 120,000 young Londoners were growing up on the firing line of another and worse war.

For 80,000 of them, between the ages of 5 and 14, there were even worse dangers than falling bombs. London's compulsory education system, had practically broken down. Though the London County Council sent truant officers after parents...

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