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Be Careful What You Wish For

Roger Hudson sheds light on a haunting photograph from the Greek Civil War.

Communist fighters or sympathisers imprisoned by the Greek government at Salonika during the Greek Civil War (1946-49) await a visit by a United Nations team investigating prison living conditions in March 1947. They hold up placards spelling out in French the message ‘The British Must Go’, referring to the 16,000 British troops stationed in Greece. The reason for their presence lay years back, in the middle of the Second World War.

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