By June 1945 the celebrations for the victory in Europe were over. The government was very aware that the struggle was far from over and that the need to dig for victory was as great in 1945 as it had been in 1940.
This leaflet starts by stating that the world food shortage was a reality that could not be ignored and 1945 would be the most difficult of the war with regard to food supplies. This was not the time to put the spade back in the shed.
The guide concentrates on crops to provide food, both fresh and stored, for the coming winter and the following spring. That period known to home growers as “The Hungry Gap”
Format of the Dig for Victory Guide
The original June 1945 Dig for Victory wartime growing leaflet consisted of 8 pages which I have followed by reproducing the content onto separate pages.
Where an article runs onto two pages these have sometimes been combined into one page for readability or the trailing content moved onto the relevant page.
Where I feel it helpful, I’ve annotated the information. To make annotations obvious, they are coloured green.