Special Sub-Topic: What's for Dinner? Rationing in WW2
|In 1940-41, how often did a Briton get a fresh egg?|
Every 2 months. An average British adult was entitled to ONE fresh whole egg every 2 months. Powdered eggs were available, with a coupon, almost always.
|What delicious American treat was usually always available for purchase in English groceries?|
Spam. Spam was produced in massive amounts, and sent to every allied nation. Although you either loved it or hated it, it provided protein when often nothing else was available.
|Was rabbit rationed?|
n. Bunny was available in Britain, Australia, and the U.S. without restriction. Hearts, kidneys and stomachs were also not rationed. That dosen't mean it was easy to find such things, however.
|How many eggs per a week was the average German allowed in 1940?|
2. The German rationing system was not as restrictive as Britain's in the early years of war. Many food items were plundered from nations such as Belgium and Holland as they fell to the Germans. Obviously, this changed as the war took a different turn in later years.
|How much tea was available, per week, per person, in England?|
4 oz. The original amount was 2oz, but it was increased to 4oz. It remained that way then entire war, and even for a while after the war.
|What was the name of the gardens people in Britain were encouraged to grow to supplement their diets?|
Victory. Every available space was used in some places to grow vegetables to help with the war effort.
|What year was butter rationed in the U.S.?|
1943. Butter was available without coupons till 1943, but was very expensive. It went on the ration list so that supplies would be available for Britain. Most people used ration coupons for oleo, which was lard in a tube that had a tiny yellow dye ball to add color just before use.
|What occupied nation was the subject of the harshest rationing system during the war?|
Poland. In the eyes of the Nazis, the Poles were "sub-human". As a result, they were issued coupons books that barely kept them fed. Worse off were Polish children, and Polish Jews.
|What nation never instituted rationing?|
Italy. Italy never restricted food, gas, rubber ... Why? I guess they never got around to it!
|Was paper rationed in the U.S.?|
y. If something wasn't useful to the war effort, it was rationed.
|How did young brides get their wedding cakes made when sugar was rationed to just 4oz per person, per week (in both Britain and U.S.)?|
Provided their own sugar. In the early part of the war, icing was banned as a waste of sugar. Brides would have to provide bakeries with sugar, eggs, and other special ingredients to make the cakes. You can just imagine the saving that it took to come up with those points!
|In the first few years of the war,the average German received coupons to purchase what item every OTHER year?|
Winter boots. Boots were hard to come by. They were supposed to be sent to the front to clothe the soldiers on the Russian front.
|Were cars available for purchase during the war in the U.S.?|
y. You could buy a used car, but it was worthless to have. You had to have gas coupons, new tires were nonexistent, and motor oil expensive if you even found it. Most plants, like Ford, had turned production lines into wartime lines. Planes, tanks, jeeps ... were produced until the end of the war.
|Infant mortality decreased in England from 1939 to 1945 (excluding wartime deaths from bombing or war related injury).|
t. According to UKNUTRITION.gov., the wartime diet contained less fatty foods, better serving sizes, and people exercised more (ie. walked or biked) than before the war. As a result, people were leaner and meaner than before. The average age (life expectancy) also increased in Britain.
|Rationing continued well into what year in Britain?|
1954. Some foods and goods were still being rationed in Britain, the U.S. and Australia well into the 1950s. Although the U.S. did not have food rationing after 1948, items such as rubber, and aviation fuel were being strictly controlled. Resources were being funneled into areas of Europe and Asia that were devastated during wartime. Humanitarian aid was considered very important. For example, the Berlin Airlift, and the rebuilding of Japan.
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