A couple of interesting government films focused on the home front inÂ Britain and AmericaÂ during WWII. This first film focuses mainly on U.S. government efforts to keep wartime workers from going crazy. People from all over the United States flocked to new cities to take jobs in armament plants, shipyards and other factories to support the American war effort. Many times the cities â€”places like Mobile, Alabama â€” couldn’t handle the influx of a massive migrant labor force, so boredom andÂ restlessnessÂ was a serious issue. I could only imagine theÂ governmentÂ trying to do something like this today.
The second video takes a look at rationing during World War II inÂ Britain. This video is especially interesting to me after my last trip to London and a visit to the Imperial WarÂ Museum (which is probably my favoriteÂ museumÂ in the world). The video below was produced by the IWM and was a compliment to an exhibit they did on the British home front during WWII. TrulyÂ fascinatingÂ stuff.