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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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This post is dedicated to some often forgotten heroines of WW2 - The Women's Timber Corps, otherwise known as 'Lumberjills'. The Lumberjills were a unit of of The Women's Land Army along with The Land Girls, who are more often used as the iconic image of the Women's Home Front.

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World War 2 in pictures: Gathering the war-time harvest

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

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The Women's Land Army (WLA): A group of happy Land Army girls in the back of an OHMS truck, Devon, England.

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Land Girls

The Women's Land Army took over the agricultural jobs in the UK during WWI and WWII – a cow-milking answer to Rosie the Riveter.

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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.

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World War II Women's Land Army Uniform World ". . .including a pair of cord breeches, canvas overall with tie waist and a pair of Parker Shoes brown leather lace ups (size 7.5) all marked 'Women's Land Army'; knitted fair isle style short sleeved jumper with buttons to the shoulders; pair of ladies K Shoes brown leather brogues with tassel trim and lace; two felt embroidered WLA arm bands, green WLA tie and badge."

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Three members of the Womens Land Army do the Silo-Step as part of their training at the Northampton Institute of Agriculture. The silo is filled with layers of hay and molasses and then the Land Girls stamp around on it until it is reduced to one compact mass. The photograph is taken from inside the silo.

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