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Ration Book Britain

As if the bombs weren't enough, wartime Britons faced another fearsome foe: the ration book...

What were once everyday goods, from food and fuel to clothing, became luxuries - especially once supplies from Britain's Empire territories were routinely intercepted by Nazi U-boats. Public information messages urged housewives to get creative with dried eggs and potato peel.

Austerity was soul-sapping, and lasted long after the peace was won. But rationing did help foster a sense of 'all in it together' (while creating profitable opportunities for the entrepreneurial 'spiv') and focused minds on managing scarce resources. Make-do-and-mend became second nature, and wartime Brits recycled and salvaged more diligently then even today's eco-conscious citizens.

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Ration Book Britain

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