Below is a timeline of some of the things which were rationed during the war . 1939 World War Two begins . 1939 - Petrol rationing (ended May 1950 )
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Food Rationing during World War 2
When people wanted to buy some food, the items they bought were crossed off in their ration book by the shopkeeper. Page inside a ration book. What were the first food items to be rationed? On 8 January 1940, bacon, butter and sugar were rationed. What other food items were rationed?
Rationing in Britain during World War 2
The books contained coupons that had to be handed to or signed by the shopkeeper every time rationed goods were bought. This meant that people could only buy the amount they were allowed. Was rationing fair? Some people considered food rationing to be very unfair. Eggs, butter and meat could be obtained fairly easily without coupons in rural areas.