Do you know your history?

The Women's Land Army (WLA) was first created during World War One, during a time when a great deal of farm work was done by men. With so many young men called up for the armed services, there was a real gap in farm workers, so the government called on women to fill this gap. The same situation arose in World War Two – home-grown food was needed, and the men were not there to harvest it, so the government resurrected the WLA. By 1943 there were some 80,000 young women working in every aspect of agriculture to feed the nation.

Research by Alan Beales 2011


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