Foreign News: Siege Economy?

The winter's land and sea disasters cast more dark shadows over the home front last week as Britons struggled gamely through their 31st month of war. In a series of belt-tightening moves:

>Director of Civilian Clothing Sir Thomas Barlow ordered 1,200 firms to manufacture "utility cloth" of wool and fiber. All men's suits will henceforth be single-breasted, have no trouser cuffs, no sleeve buttons. (For similar news of men's fashions in the U.S. see p. 13.) Women will wear shorter skirts -17 inches from the ground -less embroidery, no pleats.

>The Ministry of...

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