Medium Leaflet concerning the issue times of ration cards From 1915 on, certain foods were only available with ration cards. Partner Heeresgeschichtliches MuseumCopyright Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, Wien Verwendet bei Chapter Managing the shortages In October 1914, just a few months after the war began, shortages and scarcities could be felt everywhere. The authorities thus took the first measures in terms of rationing and intervention. Chapter The Daily Battle for Survival With the outbreak of war and male conscription, many women suddenly had to fend for themselves. Now they were responsible for the survival of the family, which, given dwindling food supplies, was becoming a more difficult task with each passing day.