Picadilly Commandos

       You all know that Picadilly Circus is the center of London today and it was then. It was a favorite loitering place after dark for the "Ladies of the Evening" (prostitutes) who would roam London soliciting service men. It was hard to walk a block without being stopped and sometimes grappled by more than one at a time. Thus "Picadilly Commando's". In the dark of the blackout it was impossible to tell what these girls looked like but often many of the men found this was a way to find a comfortable room for the night - with added delights.

       Ask any serviceman who ever visited London during the war what a "Picadilly Commando" was and I'm sure you'll provoke a smile or two.

----- A. Willard Reese



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