Second World War Rationing

Posted in: World War II
Written on 3rd January 2013 15:55pm

On 7 January 1940, a law was passed in Britain which meant that basic foodstuffs were to rationed. Rationing continued for many years, even after the war ended.

Nearly 73 years to the day, rationing was implemented by the British government on basic foodstuffs such as bacon, butter and sugar.


After the Second World War started in September 1939, the first comodity to be controlled was petrol- but this was followed, shortly, by food. Everyday foods such as meat, eggs and milk were all eventually rationed.


Rationing Inevitably created a black market, which was illegal. On many occasions, buyers were tricked into buying cheaper substitutes, for exmaple horsemeat instead of beef.


As the war progressed, clothing also became strictly rationed on a point system. The points allowance for clothing equalled to approximately one outfit per year.


Once the war ended, many expected the rationing to follow suit. However, rationing did not completely end until 1954, when meat rationing finished.


You can experience part of the World War, by visiting the battlefields.

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