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Food Supplies
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Food Supplies

The supply of food to the civilian population, as well as to the fighting forces, is one of the most important elements in the waging of any war. This applies especially to the First World War, in which food supplies to millions of people had to be assured in the face of mutual blockades that severely compromised trade routes.

A deterioration in food supplies was experienced in all belligerent nations and occupied territories during the course of the war, causing governments repeatedly to revise and modify their supply strategies. All sides …

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Corni, Gustavo, “Food Supplies”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 23 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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