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VE/VJ Don't Waste Bread
Crumbs! Victory celebrations give way to postwar austerity as shortages leave countries short of dough in more ways than one
Public Information Filler 1945
The low-carb option proved a necessity rather than a diet trend after WWII. This 'food flash' - a short government-sponsored message interspersed in the cinema programme - was an early sign of ongoing shortages in the postwar period. The introduction of rationing for bread on 21 July 1946 was a bitter pill to swallow, since it was one of the few commodities that escaped rationing even during the height of war. The ration was lifted in 1948.
This government film is a public record, preserved and presented by the BFI National Archive on behalf of The National Archives, home to more than 1,000 years of British history.
Dig for Victory
Government sponsored film 1942 8 mins
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.
Amateur film 1944 5 mins Silent Location: Otford
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Amateur film 1942 3 mins Silent Location: Waldron
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Amateur film 1940 12 mins Silent Location: Heanton Punchardon
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How Somerton, Oxfordshire benefits from membership of the Village Produce Association during WWII.
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