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It looked as if liberated Europe had been liberated chiefly for hunger and disorder. From Greece to Holland there was social and political crises. Western Europe's economic structure, looted by the Nazis, shattered by bombing, gutted by the resistance and war, had all but collapsed. Mines were idle for lack of wood for props. Electricity was strictly rationed because of the lack of coal to generate power. Most factories lacked raw materials to process. Few railroads were running except those hauling military supplies and troops. Food was scarce and poorly distributed. Liberated Europe foresaw a winter of hunger. This was the...

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