During both World Wars, many civilian women took up jobs in agriculture, replacing those men who went to war. The women who worked for the Women's Land Army (WLA) were commonly known as Land Girls. In forestry, Women's Timber Corps were known as Lumber Jills. At the height of the First World War the Land Army had a full-time membership of 23,000 members. The number exceeded 80,000 during the Second World War.

During both World Wars, many civilian women took up jobs in agriculture, replacing those men who went to war. The women who worked for the Women's Land Army (WLA) were commonly known as Land Girls. In forestry, Women's Timber Corps were known as Lumber Jills. At the height of the First World War the Land Army had a full-time membership of 23,000 members. The number exceeded 80,000 during the Second World War.

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A member of the Women's Land Army felling a young tree with an axe. 1941.  by Fred Ramage

A member of the Women's Land Army felling a young tree with an axe. 1941. by Fred Ramage

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"Land Girls" is a period drama set on a farm in the English countryside during World War II.

"Land Girls" is a period drama set on a farm in the English countryside during World War II.

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"Keeps the farms going while the men are fighting" - Join the Women's Land Army. A healthy open-air life.  --  WWII propaganda poster (Australia, UK), c. 1939-1945.

"Keeps the farms going while the men are fighting" - Join the Women's Land Army. A healthy open-air life. -- WWII propaganda poster (Australia, UK), c. 1939-1945.

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These British land girls have shown how to pull off looking feminine during wartime even in unflattering outfits. Their hair remains perfectly curled.

These British land girls have shown how to pull off looking feminine during wartime even in unflattering outfits. Their hair remains perfectly curled.

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RARE Original WW2 Women's Land Army Green Armlet 6 Years Extra Diamond Markings

RARE Original WW2 Women's Land Army Green Armlet 6 Years Extra Diamond Markings

Women and Fashions of the Early 20th Century - World War I Era - Clothing of 1914 - 1920

Women and Fashions of the Early 20th Century - World War I Era - Clothing of 1914 - 1920

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A member of the Women's Land Army in uniform. Miss June Perry enrolled in the Women's Land Army 1943 to 1946-Photograph by Malby.

A member of the Women's Land Army in uniform. Miss June Perry enrolled in the Women's Land Army 1943 to 1946-Photograph by Malby.

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Click to enlarge funny vintage photograph of farm girls in overalls with a live chicken under each arm, hilarious old picture.

Click to enlarge funny vintage photograph of farm girls in overalls with a live chicken under each arm, hilarious old picture.

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The Women’s Land Army were the unsung heroines of World War II. With so many men overseas, women were brought in to work on farms, producing the vital food supplies needed to keep wartime Britain going.

The Women’s Land Army were the unsung heroines of World War II. With so many men overseas, women were brought in to work on farms, producing the vital food supplies needed to keep wartime Britain going.

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