The Women's Land Army

The Women's Land Army

by Neil R. Storey, Molly Housego




When war broke out in 1939 the Women's Land Army was already organised and ready for action. Women who had served in the WLA in the First World War returned to service with their daughters, ready to fill in for the male labourers who had gone abroad to fight. Livestock was tended, fields were ploughed, harvests were reaped and everything possible was done to keep Britain self-sufficient. Neil Storey and Molly Housego tell the story of the Women's Land Army, how it was organised, what its members did and what training was provided, and describes the work of the Timber Corps of the WLA, also known as the 'Lumber Jills'. Colourful illustrations of women at work, their uniforms and insignia bring to life this introduction to the experiences of the ladies who helped to keep Britain fed during the Second World War.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780747811633
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Series: Shire Library
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Neil Storey is a social and military historian specialising in the impact of war on society. He has written over 25 books, countless articles and has given lectures across the UK, including at the Imperial War Museum. He has acted as a consultant on a number of television documentaries and dramas.

Table of Contents

Sowing the Seed 4

A Second Crop 22

All in a Day's Work 28

Lumber Jills - The Women's Timber Corps 42

Harvest Home 48

Further Reading 54

Index 56

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