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They Fought In The Fields
by Nicola Tyrer
Based on hundreds of interviews, letters and diaries, this book examines the role played by the Women's Land Army during the Second World War.
Paperback, 237 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Tempus
(first published August 27th 1996)
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I read this book because my maternal grandmother was a Land Girl, although I don't know as much as I'd like to about what she did. Like many of the women who volunteered to literally help feed the war effort, she came from a working class urban background and left school at fourteen. Most of these young women were working before they entered the Womens Land Army, in domestic service, in factories, as waitresses, as shop clerks. Tyrer often highlights how the WLA was structured on class lines, wi ...more
A worthy account of the women who worked in wartime British agriculture, and into the post-war years. A film was finally made, which gives appropriate respect to these ladies, often not from rural backgrounds, who made such a bright effort.