Photojournal: Life as a Land Girl

War effort

Tens of thousands of British women answered the call to work the land and forests, in place of men who had gone to fight in World War II.

For many it was their first taste of independence, and for those from the cities it was a culture shock to suddenly find themselves milking cows, driving tractors, or felling trees.

They soon became known as the Land Girls and the Lumber Jills.

Nearly 70 years on the government is recognising their work with a badge of honour for surviving members.

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