From a letter in today's Wall Street Journal -
William Anthony Hay, in his review of David Kynaston's Austerity Britain, 1945-1951, notes that bread rationing "came after the war itself" ("The Living Was Not Easy," Bookshelf, May 19).
Left unstated was the reason: Germany was starving, and the U.S. and Britain felt obligated to feed the western occupation zones. . .In order to send flour to the British Zone in the famine winter of 1945-1946, the Labour government instituted rationing at home. The generosity of the British to postwar Germany. . .was an act without precedent in human history.
Actually, there was a beautiful precedent.