Wednesday, May 30, 2012

1940s House

I had the opportunity to watch this (PBS) BBC video yesterday on YouTube. It's is about 2 1/2 hours long, but well worth the time. It depicts what wartime was really like on the home front.

War wasn't just sending soldiers off and forgetting that you were in a war because you were not affected, it was real sacrifices. In your backyard kinda stuff. I recommend this video to everyone.

Plot Summary for"The 1940s House" (2001) More at IMDbPro »

Reality show. A couple, their daughter and two grandchildren volunteer to spend several weeks living under wartime conditions. That includes clothing, learning to live with rationing (12 ounces of candy a month, 4 ounces of ham a week etc) and digging up the back yard partly for extra vegetables and partly for an "Anderson" air raid shelter. Several historians and "experts" formed a War cabinet to direct events, and push the family went through 6 years of war in those weeks.

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