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Propaganda and the War Effort

The Official Line: Public Information in WW2

All public information produced during the War had to reflect the official government line. Government propaganda, designed to keep spirits up, even made its way into this Nottingham wartime recipe book produced by a local women's organisation. The book includes an optimistic introduction that predicts a return to normal food supplies within weeks. In reality, rationing was set to continue until long after the war had ended, only ending in 1954.

 

This advertisement for an opticians also reflects the tone of official publications at the time, persuading people to get their eyes tested in order to do their jobs better and therefore help with the war effort.

 

But how did people on the Home Front really feel about the war? Did government propaganda have the desired effect or were people suspicious of it? Everyone had a slightly different experience during WW2 and we cannot say for sure how all civilians living in Britain at the time felt. This extract from the diary of a teenage girl gives us some insight into how the war affected her everyday life.

 

Glossary:

Insight - a clearer view of a situation
Line - approach or policy
Optimistic - seeing things in a positive way
Predict - to guess that something will happen

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An extract from a Nottingham wartime recipe book © Northamptonshire Record Office
'Stop Sabotage in the Factory': an opticians advert
A wartime diary entry from World War Two