827,000 children and 535,000 pregnant mothers have been
evacuated from the towns to the country.
a Nazi U-boat sinks the SS Athena – 112 passengers
RAF drops 12 million propaganda leaflets on Germany.
the first convoy sets sail from Canada.
petrol rationing introduced.
The Nazi cruiser the Graf Spee sinks a British cargo
25,000 women join the Women’s Land Army.
the Nazis drop magnetic mines, which start to
sink British shipping.
Graf Spee destroyed.
Dec: New Year revellers shining torches are arrested.
2 million men aged 20–27 are called up to join the armed
butter, sugar and bacon are rationed.
newsreels are censored by the government Ministry of
a national campaign is organised to collect scrap metal,
paper, and food waste (for pig-swill).
Ministry of Information launches its ‘Careless Talk Costs
March: meat rationing.
Lord Woolton appointed Minister of Food