By the fourth festive season into the war, rationing was biting – but good news from the front and the generosity of US soldiers helped keep morale buoyant.
The ‘pots to planes’ appeal in the summer of 1940 helped inspire a mass recycling effort, but problems soon emerged.
Over four years, this BBC Radio 4 drama chronicled the daily lives of ordinary people dealing with the hardships of World War I.
Battling shortages and rising food and fuel prices, housewives played a vital part in Britain’s first experience of ‘total war’.
From serial killers to attacks on prostitutes and soldiers, not everyone back in Britain during the war was heroic.