While the Great War had been the ‘war to end all wars’, WWII had eclipsed that bloody conflict. From 1939-1945 over 80 million people had lost their lives, and great populations had been displaced. The conflict had also seen the first use of the atomic bomb, with devastating results.
In the immediate aftermath of the War, life did not return to normal. Rationing continued, more or less, until 1954 - meat was the last item to be derationed. Northern Ireland's proximity to the Republic of Ireland provided a thriving and lucrative black market for forbidden goods.