Easing the strain
in Half the battle

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.

Half the battle

Civilian morale in Britain during the Second World War


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