The Influence Of DORA On The Home Front

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World War 1-Home Front World War 1-Home Front DORA DORA DORA is the Defence of Realm Act. The government passed it in 1914; it gave the government extraordinary and wide ranging powers to control many features of people’s daily lives. The act allowed the government to take any land or building it needed and to take over any industries that were important to the war effort. It allowed the government to control what the public knew about the war, and allowed the government to take over the coal mines, railways and shipping. The government immediately took hold of the coal industry so that the mines could be run to support the war effort rather than for the private profit of the owners. More things that people weren’t allowed to do was added to the Defence of Realm Act during the war, as the war evolved, so did DORA. When DORA was first introduced on 8th August 1914, it stated that: * No one was allowed to talk about naval or military matters in public –places * No one was allowed to spread rumours about military matters * No one was allowed to buy binoculars * No one was allowed to trespass on railway lines or bridges * No one was allowed to melt down gold or silver * No one was allowed to light bonfires or fireworks * No one was allowed…show more content…
Posters were made and published everywhere, with biased messages designed to persuade people to do things that helped the war effort. Some of the posters would mock the men who weren’t fighting at war (you’re proud of your pals in the army of course! But what will your pals think of you? Think it over!) , some would tell people to save food and help the war (do with less, so they’ll have enough; save a loaf a week, help win the war), some would persuade women to go and work whilst their men fought, some used patriotism to lure people into the army (follow me, your country needs you; BRITONS you join your country’s army! God save the
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