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Soldiers of the occupation forces soon became part of everyday life in Austria, for the most part on account of their large numbers: at the end of 1945 there were still almost 340 000 foreign soldiers on Austrian territory, an inter-Allied military patrol - the “Four in a Jeep“ - has remained the best-known symbol of Allied control over Vienna to this day.

Still, for the Austrian population everyday life immediately after the end of the war was above all marked by economic misery and hunger. Large-scale international food aid did not get under way until 1946, and economic reconstruction set in with the Marshall Plan in 1947.