World War II was the most extensive armed conflict in recorded history. It touched the lives of nearly every person on four continents. The millions of combatants and various armed services bore the brunt of this devastating global war. However a struggle of this magnitude was not limited to the fighting forces alone. The civilian populations of the countries involved also endured their share of hardship and sacrifice. Severe war-time conditions were often inflicted on those least able to cope with them - women, children and the elderly. Their homeland embroiled in total war, they bravely shouldered their war-time duties while suffering the over-whelming burden of materials shortages, personal hardship and concern for their loved ones overseas. This extensive programme takes a detailed look at Britain and America's homefront efforts.