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Half the BattleCivilian Morale in Britain During the Second World War$
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Robert Mackay

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719058936

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719058936.001.0001

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Easing the strain

Easing the strain

(p.186) 5 Easing the strain
Half the Battle

Robert Mackay

Manchester University Press

Governments could take some comfort from the remarkable results of the test in the First World War to withstand danger and endure deprivation. Yet there was at the same time a warning in the experience: the capacity had limits. The government's solutions to reinforce and extend shelter provision are addressed. Feeding the nation was deemed as important as supplying the armed forces with the weapons of war. The food issue became a significant factor of good morale. Due to Ernest Bevin's proactive policies the working environment of factories was improved in all sorts of practical ways. The state of the nation's health is then considered. The review of the government's attempts to ‘ease the strain’ of war on the home front shows that it has concentrated on the necessities of life. Furthermore, the rational process of tobacco, alcohol, cosmetics and flowers is discussed.

Keywords:   strain, Government, First World War, feeding, war, shelter, food, health, tobacco, alcohol

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