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The Spade as Mighty as the Sword free pdf After food rationing was introduced in 1940, and German U-boats began threatening merchant shipping bringing in essential foodstuffs, the Ministry of Agriculture decided something had to be done to make the kitchens of Britain more self-sufficient. The result was one of Britain's most successful propaganda campaigns - Dig for Victory - encouraging every man and woman to turn their garden, or even the grass verge in their street, over to cultivating vegetables. By 1942 half the population were taking part, and even the Royal Family had sacrificed their rose beds for growing onions. Now, Daniel Smith tells the full story of this remarkable wartime episode when spades, forks and bean canes became weapons the ordinary citizen could take up against the enemy. It had tangible benefits for the war effort in that shipping could be reallocated for munitions instead of food imports, as well as for the health of the nation in encouraging a diet of fresh fruit and veg. The campaign threw up unexpected celebrities like C.H. Middleton, whose wartime BBC radio talks on gardening reached a vast audience, and it even sowed the seeds for the modern allotment movement. Ultimately it is a war story without fighting or killing, one that shows how even The Little Man with the Spade, in the words of the Minister for Agriculture at the time, did his bit for Victory.

About Daniel Smith

DANIEL SMITH has written on subjects as diverse as Sherlock Holmes (The Sherlock Holmes Companion: An Elementary Guide), serendipity (The Lucky Bugger's Casebook) and Cockney rhyming slang (The Language of London). When not buried in an archive somewhere in search of forgotten stories, he lives in East London with his wife, Rosie, and an assortment of fish. Despite his passionate interest in the Dig for Victory campaign, his own garden is, alas, not all that it might be.

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Author : Daniel Smith
Publisher : Aurum Press Ltd
Data Published : 03 January 2013
ISBN : 1781310424
EAN : 9781781310427
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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