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Dig for Victory

Keeping the nation fed and healthy was the greatest priority of the Home Front. Women replaced absent farm workers, while ordinary Britons were exhorted to 'grow their own'.

'Dig for Victory' was perhaps most successful official campaign of the Home Front, with Britons in their millions picking up their trowels and learning the art of the compost heap. Acre after acre of parkland, waste ground - even back gardens - became makeshift vegetable plots.

Just as the factories were constantly increasing their productivity, great efforts were made to increase agricultural yields, while the 'land girls' of the Women's Land Army enthusiastically took the place of farmworkers fighting overseas.

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Start a Land Club
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Start a Land Club 1942

The wartime potato shortage is addressed in this marvellous film from 1942 - exhorting workers and school children to lend a hand on local farms by joining Land Clubs.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Buchanan

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Wartime Harvesting
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Wartime Harvesting 1944

World War II's Food Front is seen here in the fields of Kent as farmers labour to get the harvest in on time. By way of entertainment, a barrage balloon sinks majestically to earth.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Heronsdale Manor Harvest
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Heronsdale Manor Harvest 1942

The war seems far away in this pastoral film but suddenly there's a reminder when a flight of Hurricanes pass overhead. Then it's back to the work of feeding the nation.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Oliver's Orchard Farm
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Oliver's Orchard Farm 1944

Women workers were in the majority at Oliver's Orchard during the war but a couple of young men here were some unexpected guests as two German prisoners-of-war joined the force.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Cotswold Club
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Cotswold Club 1944

How Somerton, Oxfordshire benefits from membership of the Village Produce Association during WWII.

12 mins United Kingdom


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Salute to Farmers
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Salute to Farmers 1941

With feeding the nation a wartime priority, agricultural workers are heralded as soldiers of the plough.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Montgomery Tully

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Beck Collection 2
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Beck Collection 2 1942

Even at the height of the Second World War, children – not evacuated from bomb hit Sheffield – still enjoy a ride on a carousel and lend a helping hand on the wartime allotment.

2 mins United Kingdom

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A Year on a Mechanised Farm in Norfolk 1940

Ploughing and sowing, baling and hoeing. Norfolk farmers produce food for a nation at war, aided by the latest farm machinery, but not altogether replacing the horse or labourer.

56 mins United Kingdom

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Civilian Front
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Civilian Front 1940

It's all action on the home front with civilians on high alert to support the war effort.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Brighton's Warship Week and Tank Week
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Brighton's Warship Week and Tank Week 1941

A fascinating compendium of films from wartime Brighton featuring parades, fire engines, tanks, trolleybuses, Land Girls, pigs and visiting Cabinet Ministers.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Bampton Shows the Way
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Bampton Shows the Way 1941

Patriotic tale of a Devon village winning the war with carrot Christmas cake and granny's favourite recipe.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Bladon Peake

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The New Crop
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The New Crop 1944

Wartime woodland management: we can do it! Women add their labour to the work of axe and saw.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Annakin

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Compost Heap
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Compost Heap 1942

A talking cabbage plant will win you over in this Second World War cartoon trailer, which has a surprising charm.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Joy Batchelor, John Halas

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Storing Vegetables Outdoors
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Storing Vegetables Outdoors 1941

Building a larder using soil and straw: this age-old method was a boon to home-front gardeners

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Margaret Thomson

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