War

WWI Wednesday: Wartime Rationing

Don’t Waste Bread! © IWM (Art.IWM PST 13354) It must have been a great shock to the Edwardians to go from extreme lavishness in meals to extreme want during the height of the war. During the early months, food prices soared as Britons fearfully stocked up on basic necessities and other foodstuffs. However, this was …

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A Glimpse of Armistice Day in London, 1918

THE editors got back from their Irish trip in time to see how London received the news of the armistice. They had had a rough encounter with the Irish sea–two encounters, indeed, one going and one coming back. It lived up to its tradition as an unruly, restless and troublesome teapot ocean. Three times, in …

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WWI Wednesday: The War Office and the Press

Excerpt from Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918 by Sir C. E. Callwell: The Press Bureau which was established at the commencement of the war was a civil department, entirely independent of the Admiralty and the War Office although it was in close touch with those institutions, as also with the Foreign Office, the Board of …

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