Sunday 1 September 2013

Welcome and update!

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For those of you that are reading it, I have added the September part of our War Diary Year III. You can find it on the page tabs at the top of this blog. The new posts are always towards the bottom.

Hope you enjoy reading it. I have just read and edited some errors, it brought back such memories, especially of those neighbours and friends, who are no longer with us!


  1. Hi Dc, I really enjoyed reading the latest section of your Wartime Diary. As you know, I'm trying to emulate the rationing system myself. I just wondered, is the points information you posted from the leaflet from the Imperial War Museum? Or is it the system that worked best for you? Thank you :)

    1. The information is from the Imperial War Museum in London. Information Sheet 20 - Rationing in Great Britain during the second world war. I sent away for it, don't know if they still do it. It covers all rationing, explaining when, why and how to. Something like butter ranged from 2oz to 8oz. We decided each time to use the lower amount to bring it home to us, just how hard it was.In some instances I have brought it up to date such as including oil in the fat ration, limiting sausage. Using fish fingers instead of fish. The whole point of rationing in today's world is that it is today. If such a catastrophic event as another world war came about, we would be rationed by the food we know today. Most foods from abroad were rarely used by us as they rarely got in, due to the severe submarine attacks which almost led to us being starved out. Without rationing, we simply wouldn't have managed. Shame it is not still going, that would probably help people from being overweight! If you need to ask about anything else, please feel free.

    2. That's wonderful, thank you so much! I agree, I think diets of today could learn a thing or two from rationing. One more quick question, do you know if flour was ever rationed? I know that bread was rationed after the war, and I know only National flour was available, but was it ever rationed? Thank you for sharing your knowledge :)

    3. To my knowledge it was not rationed. Don't know though if people actually baked their own bread (maybe in the countryside) those whose diaries I have read, got their bread from the baker's! I have slightly adapted the rations page as I just found some new information on a fact sheet at the bottom of my war box!

      At the end of the day, providing you could have got the yeast from the baker's, I am sure you could just sieve out the bran from the National Flour to make white. People were only used to white so I suppose 'wholemeal' would be a shock!


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