At harvest time, Harlow Common (1943). Follow link to read Mary's story.The land girls were formed in 1939 to do the jobs on farms for the men gone off to war. This is England .We had the same in the U.S.
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.
Land girls working on a combine harvester at harvest time. Joan Terrell who is greasing the machine used to be a hairdresser and Evelyn Lendon, the driver, was a typist. Original Publication: Picture Post - 1510 - 1943
BRITISH WW II.Land army.With the country at war and all able-bodied men needed to fight, there was a shortage of labour to work on farms and in other jobs on the land. The government wanted to increase the amount of food grown within Britain. In order to grow more food, more help was needed on the farms and so the government started the Women's Land Army. 16