Maintaining people’s morale during the war

Maintaining the civilian population's morale was an essential part of the war on the Home Front.

The Emergency Powers Defence Act, passed in the summer of 1939, gave the Government the power to create laws without going through Parliament in the interest of the country's safety.

Campaigns were launched to help civilians cope with the day-to-day impact of total war from bombing, rationing, blackouts and evacuation. These campaigns often involved civilians.

Propaganda attempted to maintain unity, loyalty and confidence throughout the war. Victories were emphasised whereas discussion of defeats was kept to a minimum.