Britain had little enough to give, that Christmas of 1946-generous and conciliatory as she was feeling towards her POWs. With a devastated Europe to feed and keep warm, the country was fast moving towards one of the most serious fuel crises ever experienced. Food supplies were short, and rationing of most items persisted at home, in some cases on a more austere scale than during the war itself. There was no question this year, Mr Bellenger regretfully announced, of granting the German prisoners, or yet the British troops, extra rations for the Christmas festivities. Only very limited concessions had been possible even for the British people.
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