How could the buying of war bonds help both the battle front and the home front?

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The buying of war bonds was mainly beneficial in tangible ways to those on the “battle front.”  The benefits of buying war bonds for people on the home front were more psychological.

The benefits of war bonds for the battle front were clear.  When civilians bought war bonds, they were in essence giving money to the government for immediate use. This would allow the government to have more money to buy war materiel.  This meant that more weapons, ammunition, food, and other equipment could be provided for the soldiers who were actually fighting.  This would make it more likely that they would be able to win the war.

On the home front, the benefits were less tangible. People who bought war bonds would be paid back with interest, but that would not help them in the short term. In the short term, the main way that they benefitted was psychological.  By buying war bonds, they were able to feel that they were contributing to the war effort.  It allowed the people who stayed home to feel that they were helping those who had gone to fight.

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