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The Battle for Food

Written by Alex Langlands. An extract from Wartime Farm: The Book. This was a battle conducted quietly, with no less courage, in which the stakes were just as high as any fought in the field of combat. For Britain, losing the Battle for Food would have jeopardized the whole war effort and would very likely have… Read the full article

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Gunfight at Borough Farm

Written by Alex Langlands. An extract from Wartime Farm: The Book. Very few shots were fired in the battle to increase food production in the British landscape. In one instance, however, the result was the killing of a man and an event that was to shock the Hampshire farming community. George Ray Walden was the tenant… Read the full article

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Making a Mole Plough

Written by Peter Ginn. An extract from Wartime Farm: The Book. I would wager that if you were to walk around any farm in Britain, you would see something in the hedgerow or at the back of a barn that is no longer used and has seen better days. Certainly, by the outbreak of war, many… Read the full article

Ruth Goodman and the Wartime Farm team's Fordson N Tractor

The Coming of Machines

Written by Alex Langlands. An extract from Wartime Farm: The Book. World War II witnessed unprecedented mechanization. Tractors were to radically transform the arable landscape and become a feature of all farms. It was, however, machines like the “gyro-tiller”, “prairie-buster”, and “rotary cultivator” that would have the most radical impact. Their ability to exploit marsh, hillside,… Read the full article

New Power Supplies by Ruth Goodman

New Power Supplies

Written by Ruth Goodman. An extract from Wartime Farm: The Book. Most of the modest new homes springing up in the suburbs had gas or electric right from the beginning. Gas and electricity companies competed for the cooker market, with gaudy adverts and special offers. Patchy electricity supplies had given the gas suppliers a bit of… Read the full article

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Pig Clubs

Written by Ruth Goodman. An extract from Wartime Farm: The Book. In 1944, there were 2,500,000 fewer pigs in Britain than there had been in 1939. This, of course, was no accident. What feed there was for livestock was carefully targeted where it could do most good, and although pigs grow fast and provide good… Read the full article

Peter Ginn talks all about Rabbit Farming

Rabbit Farming

Written by Peter Ginn. An extract from Wartime Farm: The Book.  “Run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run, don’t give the farmer his fun, fun, fun, he’ll get by without his rabbit pie, so run rabbit, run rabbit, run, run, run.”   This 1939 song sung by Flanagan and Allen remained in the national consciousness… Read the full article

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