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History 105: Exam 3 materials.

by: Rachel Rusnak

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Date Created: 03/21/16
3/19/16: The Home Front Wartime Experiences: The Home Front ***test question***   Facets of total war: o (1) Sample government posters addressed to civilians.  Encouraged citizens to buy war bonds.  You were helping raise money to help prosecute the war.  Played an active role in the war.  Conserving resources.  Keep up the moral of the citizens.  Relevant to women working.  Working in munitions. o (2) Women’s war work.  Women’s work in munitions in Britain.  Many aspects of this work was dangerous.  Nearly 1 million women were employed in this essential war work. o Employed with filling shells with explosives.  TNT poisoning. o Young women had the opportunity to make wages more than they had before the war. o By the end of the war, women munitions workers were earning, on average, 3x the wage of a woman would have earned in a factory before the war.  Some as high as 10x. o New innovations.  New welfare measures introduces into munition factories:  Cafeterias which led to an improvement in the dies of working­class women. o In pre­war working­class families in the male breadwinner was typically the one who ate the meat in the family. 3/19/16: The Home Front o Now working­class women could eat meat in the cafeteria.  Nurseries,   on   a   small   scale,   and   the government paid 75% of the cost. o (3)  The Food Situation in Germany.  Common experience for civilians.  Civilians in Germany had the worst experience.  Allies set up a naval blockade against Germany and Austria.  1914 through 1919.  Affected the trade and import of food to Germany.  January 1915.  Food rationing began with the rationing of bread. o 5 lbs. of ‘war bread’ a over the course of the war. o Mid 1916:  War bread reduced to 2 lbs. a week.  Other foods were rationed. o A Munich folksinger sang about the alternative meats that German people consumed during the war. “Squirrels, weasels, martens We did kill, and dog and cat, Fox and mole and jay and crow: Safe weren’t even mice and rats.” o Other foods:  Meat.  Sugar.  Fats.  Potatoes. o The ration system put them on a substantial diet. o Situation in 1918 (handout).   By   1918,   the   average   German   civilian   was consuming 1,000 calories a day.  Some had only consumed 700­800 calories a day.  Weather conditions in the fall of 1916 destroyed almost ½ of the potato crop. o People relied very heavily on the potato for their ration and diet. o The winter of 1916/1917.  Became known as ‘Turnip Winter’.  Consumption of alternative meats (handout). o ‘Ersatz’.  11,000 substitutes of food to replace those foods that had vanished.  An ‘ersatz’ breakfast (handout). 3/19/16: The Home Front  WAR BREAD with sawdust as a filler.  Soda   water   mixed   with  cornstarch constituted BUTTER.  A yellow indeterminate origin was sold as DRIED EGG.  Ash containing 85% of a product was sold as PEPPER.  SAUSAGE   was   made   from   an  offal  or perhaps dog meat mixed with turnips. o Animal intestines, brains, and heart. o Meatless sausage was also created.  Ersatz COFFEE included coffee made from bark or turnip. o The  impact of the dire food situation  on the health of German civilians.  By the end of the war, nearly ¾ of a million German civilians had died as a result of the wartime food storages.  Adversely affected the health of the civilians.  Malnutrition.  Starvation.


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