GREAT BRITAIN: Over to Peace

Industrialists, bogged down with orders, begged for manpower. Servicemen, eager to work, begged to be demobilized. To bosses and workers it seemed a simple issue: Britain needed the goods and they were ready to make them. Then why the delays? This week the thorny, interlocking problems of reconversion and demobilization confronted the new British Government with its first real home-front crisis.

The biggest blast came from the five million men in uniform. Most of them had voted Labor, all of them expected to go home as fast as possible after V-J day. The headlines made their pulses race: "Millions of...

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