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War & Decline

The Home Front

The Home Front

Civil defence and rationing

Powdered food, blackout precautions, wailing sirens, bombing and evacuation were realities known to millions of people in many different nations in World War II. The organisation of the home front transformed society. The mobilisation of women for industry, the rationing of food and clothing, the morale-boosting films and newsreels, the packing of parcels, the homecomings and the harrowing tragedies, all combined to make the global drama a uniquely powerful experience for all who lived through it.

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