The Spade as Mighty as the Sword

The Spade as Mighty as the Sword

The Story of the Second World War Dig for Victory Campaign


Hardback256pp Illustrated

9781845136178     Product Code: 217918


The original government appeal to the nation's gardeners in 1939 was the prosaic 'Grow More Food'; it was probably Michael Foot, then leader writer for the London Evening Standard, who coined the memorable slogan, 'Dig For Victory', which would help transform parks, gardens and playing fields into vegetable patches. This history reviews the remarkable success of the wartime campaign, explores the groundbreaking design and advertising that drove it and recounts the experiences of the home-front gardeners themselves.

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