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.
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.