Home front struggle as WWI took its toll

A steam threshing engine at Larkhill Farm, Abbeylands, Onchan, in 1917

A steam threshing engine at Larkhill Farm, Abbeylands, Onchan, in 1917

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The First World War was the first conflict in which the enemy possessed the capability of waging war on the British civilian population by curtailing food supplies, and by 1917 the German navy through its U-boat blockade had come perilously close to starving Britain into submission.

Even with the war just a few weeks old, its impact on food supplies and household economies was being felt on the Isle of Man.

Almost straight away the cost of basic staple goods began to climb alarmingly.

 

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