The Women’s Land Army In Pictures

Following a request to show the women’s role during World War I, here is a selection of pictures.

Recruitment poster for the Women’s Land Army, 1917.

In Britain during the First World War, there was a shortage of farm labour as men were conscripted into the forces. There was also a need to grow more food due to the threat to supplies caused by German submarines. This led to the establishment of the Women’s Land Army in February 1917.By 1918, there were over 113,000 women working on the land. Female labour alone was still not enough to meet the shortfall in agricultural labour. Prisoners of war were also sometimes used, often working alongside land girls.

Caring for Animals

A member of the Women’s Land Army leads a horse from the stables on a farm during the First World War.

Milking Cows

A member of the Women’s Land Army milking a cow.

Working in the fields

A member of the Women’s Land Army operating a single-furrow plough on a British farm during the First World War.

Working with POW’s

The Women’s Land Army and German Prisoners, 1918, by Randolph Schwabe.

Ploughing Fields

A Land Girl Ploughing, 1918, by Cecil Aldin.

Feeding Livestock

Members of the Women’s Land Army feeding pigs and calves in an orchard.

Felling Trees

Members of the Women’s Land Army Forestry Corps.

Shepherding Sheep

The Shepherdess, by Randolphe Schwabe.
Recruitment poster for the Women’s Land Army, 1918.

 

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