The opening ceremony
The 1940 Olympics were awarded first to Tokyo and then, after the outbreak of war between Japan and China, to Helsinki. They were cancelled after the outbreak of the Second World War.
The 1944 Games were awarded to London and then postponed as the conflict continued. They finally took place in 1948 with the world at peace but the economy in pieces. Rationing was still in place and for the second time Great Britain delivered a cut-price Olympics.
More than 4,000 athletes attended from 59 countries but there was no shiny new Olympic Village; the men stayed in Royal Air Force or Army barracksRead More »from Olympic history: London 1948