The History of Leith

June 17, 2006

Home Front 1914-1918: How Britan Survived the Great War

Every war has its ‘home front’, but World War I – the ‘Great War’ – was the first to utterly transform civilian life. Not only did families risk their fathers and sons in active combat, but every member of society was mobilized in some way to contribute to the war effort. In the course of these eventful years the population experienced rationing, shortages, aerial bombing, thousands more women in work (known as ‘dilution’ of the workplace!), industrial unrest, a large influx of foreign refugees, and a host of other shocks. Even the king was not exempt: he, too, had a ration card, and the flowerbeds of Buckingham Palace were planted with vegetables.

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