Munitions and Salvaging
The production of new, technologically advanced weapons and equipment was obviously paramount in fighting World War II. Aircraft, ships, tanks, and other munitions needed to be produced as quickly as possible. The output of these munitions was a common theme throughout the MOI’s propaganda machine by emphasizing the strength of the British Armed Forces and their ability to counter the weapons being produced by Germany.
Unfortunately, the majority of the materials needed to build and fuel the British Military were imported overseas, enabling German submarines and aircraft to destroy supplies, thus weakening the supply chain. The government felt that self-sufficiency would be the key. In response, the MOI created a campaign urging the populace to salvage any and all material including metal, cloth, bone, and wood, giving the civilian people a role to play in the defense of the country.