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As per result of the Second World War, many situations within an economic, social

and political spectrum were seen to deteriorate proportionally with Germanys


progress (or lack thereof) in the war. A medium of interest would be the effects of
the war on the food situation
The food situation in Germany showed remarkable resilience during 1940, during
the commencement of the primary stages of war. Reasons behind the relatively
stable terms could be attributed to the goods be obtained from conquered
countries: although imported items such as bananas, coffee, chocolate, citrus fruit,
and tobacco were difficult to obtain, basic food resources were readily available.
Food was more available in Germany than Britain, as the Nazis were immensely
careful to maintain domestic food production. Hence, public favor of the war was
positive from the start.
The food situation began to seriously deteriorate when the severe 1942-43 winter
did affect the food supply, as rationing authorizations were cut and battlefield losses
also affected the ability of the Nazis to loot occupied areas. From 1936, rearmament
was also prioritized, and drew great tension between guns and butter to expend
human labor as well as resources into industry instead of agriculture was bound to
take a toll on one or the other. As Germany experienced major defeats in the East
and the Allies liberated France, food became an issue of immediacy. This, along with
the scarcity of oil meant that food was difficult to deliver to the cities. Consumer
goods became confined to those who could afford them; therefore, as a result of
intense rationing, the black market was developed for people to exchange goods.
By the time the Allies crossed the borders of the Reich in late 1944, the civilian
population was in increasingly desperate condition, to the point where even zoo
animals would be slaughtered for food.
Hence, it can be concluded that the impact of the war on the German civilians was
negatively skewed in regard to long-term effect. These negative consequences
encompassed mass starvation in rural areas as well as severely deteriorated
working conditions in the industrial sector.