The coronavirus pandemic may have messed up international travel, but what was it like getting around during World War II?


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That history repeats itself is a casual truism, and endlessly retailed by those with a sketchy grasp of the subject. For more informed observers, the past tends to rhyme instead, and often in unexpected ways. One example is the striking parallels that exist – starkly different, of course, but which nevertheless rhyme and chime – between wartime travel and the Covid-19 pandemic as it steadily trudges on through its second year. Convoluted journeys across half the world, with lengthy quarantine stays in places as unanticipated as Dubai and the Maldives, have become almost normalised for those with the doubtful privilege...