How the other half lived without festive rationing

How the men of HMS Glory celebrated their Christmas in 1952, while, right, is a 1941 menu for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York.

How the men of HMS Glory celebrated their Christmas in 1952, while, right, is a 1941 menu for the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York.

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In 1941 rationing in Britain became a cause for concern when everyone had their allowances cut once again.

That did not affect other parts of the world which were not directly involved in the Second World War.

How the other half lived while  the British  were on rations.  Christmas 1941 PPP-141215-121830001

How the other half lived while the British were on rations. Christmas 1941 PPP-141215-121830001

When you see how the Americans were eating in 1941 it is hardly surprising many wanted to keep out of the hostilities.

Having seen the sumptuous menu at the Waldorf, New York, we move forward 11 years to 1952 and we are on board the carrier HMS Glory.

On Christmas Day that year four meals were served to the ship’s company, meals that would have gone down well anywhere on mainland Britain which was to suffer shortages for a few more years to come.

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