A Land Girl's Life: An Autobiography

TitleA Land Girl's Life: An Autobiography
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsPenny, Sabina
Number of Pages178
PublisherFL Farm Publishing

This autobiograohical account  of a young British woman who joined the Women's Land Army (WLA) during Wolrd War II gives insight in the life and work of women in the WLA, who made a significant contribution to boosting Britain's food production durig the war. Before the Second World War, Britain had imported much of its food. When war broke out, it was necessary to grow more food at home and increase the amount of land in cultivation. With many male agricultural workers joining the armed forces, women were needed to provide a new rural workforce. The WLA had originally been set up in 1917, but was disbanded at the end of the First World War. It was reformed in June 1939. Women were initially asked to volunteer to serve in the Land Army and, from December 1941 on, could also be conscripted into land work. At its peak in 1944, there were more than 80,000 women – often known as 'land girls' – in the WLA.

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