The title of this booklet translates as ‘women’s effort in wartime’, published by the European Fashion Journal. It contains instructions for making quick and easy wartime clothing and equipment such as caps, bandages and uniforms. These were contributions every household could make for the benefit of those fighting. 32 Reichsadler (imperial eagles), the heraldic symbol of the German Empire, decorate the cover.
Germans sent gift parcels to the front, known as liebesgabe, meaning a gift of love. These presents, sent by relatives and also to troops at large, were considered crucial for armed forces, which were often poorly equipped.
War brought an end to trade between enemy countries Thus Germany wasn’t able to buy clothes from Britain any more. Sewing and knitting became a national duty. Women were encouraged to use spare material, blankets or old clothes to make shirts for the wounded or woollen helmet covers. They were also encouraged to think of poor families, to simply sew a miniature for a boy, perhaps their own son, ‘as an ideal Christmas gift’.
TranscriptWomen’s work effort in wartime
Contains instructions, accompanied by pictures, on how to make useful articles for war outfits, wounded troops and simple clothing for women and children, that can be produced easily and cheaply in every home for our own use or for emergency relief overseas.