Women on the Land: Their Story During Two World Wars

By Carol Twinch

A history of the Women’s Land Army and other instances of women’s agricultural labour during the two world wars.

ISBN: 9780718895815


Women on the Land tells the remarkable story of women’s contribution to agriculture and forestry during the two World Wars. It traces the formation and history of the Women’s Land Army, and shows how women, mostly untrained and from non-farming backgrounds, helped maintain food production for a beleaguered nation, by filling the places of men away at the war. At the height of the First World War the Land Army had a full-time membership of 23,000 members, a number that was to exceed 80,000 during the Second World War. The book pays tribute to women like Lady Denman, who administered the Land Army during the Second World War and who was its chief inspiration and driving force, and also outlines the part played by other women’s groups in wartime. Containing many first-hand reminiscences by the women who served, and a number of evocative illustrations, Women on the Land highlights the years when women were effectively to challenge long-established preconceptions as to what properly constituted ‘women’s work’.

Additional information

Dimensions 234 × 156 mm
Pages 175
Illustrations b&w

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Trade Information LGENPOD

About the Author

Carol Twinch has worked in local radio and television and contributed to various newspapers and county magazines as well as publishing how-to books on poultry and sheep management. She is author of several local history books including Tithe War, 1918-1939: The Countryside in Revolt, and has made a special study of the Patron Saint of Agriculture, Walstan of Bawburgh.


List of Illustrations

1. Do Your Bit!
2. Ladies on the Land
3. Your Country Needs You!
4. The Intervening Years
5. Balcombe Place
6. Land Girl and Country Women
7. Each to Their Own
8. Timber!
9. Lumber Jills and Pole Cats
10. Disbanding
11. Custodians of a Rural Heritage