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A 1942 weekly ration allowance of tea, bacon, sugar, eggs, margarine, butter and lard

This month, Prospect’s food columnist Wendell Steavenson writes about commemorating the D-Day landings with a meal

Food was rationed in Britain from 1940 until 1954. Allowances fluctuated during the Second World War, but at their lowest, one adult was allowed each week:

4oz (113g) bacon and ham 8oz (226g) sugar 2oz (57g) tea One shilling’s worth of meat

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