STORING VEGETABLES FOR WINTER USE
DIG FOR VICTORY LEAFLET No. 3
Those living in the countryside would most likely be well aware of how to store their vegetables to tide them through until the next year. The urban population was a different matter.
Not only had imports been curtailed by the German submarine warfare effort to isolate Britain; many of the warehouses and even shops had been bombed.
Transport from farm to town and city was no longer easy. Apart from the effects of bombing on the railway network – places like Crewe, a rail network hub, were heavily bombed – fuel for both road and rail was in short supply.
The urban population had to learn not to depend as much on the shops and learn the skills of storing as well as growing their own. There was, of course, some crossover between the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries and the Ministry of Food on the subject of storing food.
In fact there was probably a fair degree of competition and rivalry although one factor that helped sustain us through to eventual victory was that rivalry was nothing like that which existed in the German government and armed forces.
The original leaflet ran over 4 pages and I have stayed with that format but I’ve split the content according to topic rather than the limitations of paper. My comments are in green.