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Wars are very expensive and consume a lot of resources. That is especially true of desperate, total wars such as WW II. During WW II there were shortages of food, fuel, and other basic goods. In times of shortage, some people will buy up as much as they can, and hoard their purchases out of fear of running out, but that only makes the supplies run out faster for other people, and is not fair. So to avoid that problem, people were only allowed to buy a set amount of food and fuel. Ration books were used to keep track of how much any given person bought, and to prevent them from buying too much.

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How was rationing enforced in the world war 2?

People got given ration books

Where there ration books during World War I?

The European countries involved in World War 1 introduced food rationing. Obviously, this involved issuing ration-books.

How did people earn rations during World War 2?

Government issued ration books

Did soldiers get ration books in World War 2?


How were ration books used?

Ration books were handed out during the World War 2, to help ration food, fuels & other important products.

Did babies get ration books during World War 2?

yes they have it in world war 2

Were there ration books in Australia in World War 2?

Yes there were.

Did the soldiers in world war 2 get ration books too?

No, soldiers on active duty did not require ration books, the service provided for their needs.

Who gave out ration books in World War 2?

The Ministry of Food

Were World War 2 ration books distributed to children?

yes there was

What did people ration in World War 2?


What did Buff-coloured ration books mean in World War 2?

That they were rich

What did world war 2 evacuees take with them to the country?

clothes and ration books

How many ration books were issued in world war two?

Ration books were issued by the US government to allow everyone to have the same chance to get goods as everyone else. There is no exact number on how many ration books were issued but over 8000 ration offices were opened to control the rationing.

Why did the shopkeeper have to stamp your ration book in World War 2?

the shopkeepers in world war 2 had to stamp the ration books to make sure that the person collecting the rations could not collect more.

Did Franklin Roosevelt create ration books during World War 2?


What colour ration books did people have during World War 2?

There were many colours based on country, occupation, month year and so on.

During world war 2 the federal government reacted to shortages of various goods by?

Rationing. People had to get ration books for supplies to prevent hoarding.

How did people get their food in world war 2?

They ate tinned spam, potatoes, roast turkey, eggs, bacon, bread but it was limited because of the ration books!

Coupons used during the war to purchase items?

called ration books or ration coupons.

Who supplied rationing cards during world war 2?

In the UK, Ration Books wee issued by the Ministry of Food.

Why did the government issue ration books during World War 2?

the British and US governments both issued ration books during WWII. they did this in Britain because Britain largely imported much of the "the necessities"(including but not limited to: sugar, tea, oil, wood, and produce). After WWII began, the Germans diseverly cut the amount of supplies reaching Britain by attacking the ships that carried them. In order to make sure that there was enough to go around, the British Government issued ration books(for more in fo about ration books in Britain, see what were ration books) in the US, ration books were issued so that the government could provide enough supplies to its soldiers. It was all to support the war effort.

What was the spare stamp for in World War 2 ration books?

Extra products that might be added to the ration listing. This provided some flexibility to add or remove certain items. Such as shoes, or tires.

What did people eat during the world war 2 food ration?

snails lol

How did World War 2 ration books work?

the numbers that went 321 were for points and the numbers going 121110987654321 was for the number of ounces