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When Easter is just around the corner, imagining the extent of food rationing during the 1940s certainly concentrates the mind!

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Here’s evidence of the most amazing camaraderie that existed during the war years. When food rations were tight and chocolate would have been the most special treat – imagine the generosity of a British soldier who gave his chocolate ration to a Dutch civilian during the liberation of the Netherlands.

Chocolate from British military rations World War II, handed to a Dutch civilian by a British soldier during the liberation of the Netherlands and preserved as a precious gift. Photographed in the collection of the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945, the Netherlands. 

Back at home food rationing that was introduced in January 1940 continued until well after the war had ended. Eggs were a real treat, with dried egg the only alternative – so anyone who was lucky enough to keep chickens could live like virtual royalty!

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Published by Isabella Muir

Isabella is passionate about exploring family life from the 1930s through to the 1960s. She has published five Sussex Crime mystery novels set during the 1960s, a standalone novel dealing with the child migrant policy of the 1950s and 60s, several novellas set during the Second World War, and two short story collections. All available in paperback from your local bookshops, or online as ebooks. Her novels are also available as audiobooks, and have been translated into Italian.

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