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World War II Land Girls

Second World War Land Girls and struggle for recognition.
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World War II Land Girls` efforts honoured in a new set of stamps
Young women who left their homes to work the land and feed the Britain during the Second World War are among those being honoured in a new set of stamps by Royal Mail. The stamp is part of a set of eight, entitled Britain Alone, which marks the sacrifices made on the Home Front. Other stamps in the series include Home Guard, Fire Service, Air Raid Wardens, and Royal Broadcast. An ongoing exhibition at National War Museum in Edinburgh highlights efforts by the Women`s Land Army and the National Farmers Union Scotland is campaigning to collect £60,000 to build a memorial to the Scottish Land Girls.
(bbc.co.uk)

British land girls angry as a new book depicts them as nymphomaniacs
British land girls, who fed Britain during World War II, are outraged as a new book depicts their "exploits". "Once a Land Girl" is the sequel to Angela Huth`s best-selling novel Land Girls. After hard work - with low pay and no recognition for 60 years - the 27,000 surviving members of the Women`s Land Army (WLA) are furious to be portrayed as nymphomaniacs. "The novel and film are ridiculous," states Jean Procter, who set up the British Women Land Army Association in 1960 to educate people. "This stupid story... about us getting off with the farmer`s son. There were no farmers` sons, we`d replaced them."
(telegraph.co.uk)

200 members of the Women`s Land Army and Timber Corps get a big thank-you
200 other members of the Women`s Land Army and Timber Corps were thanked at Dorchester Abbey for keeping Britain going while the men went off to fight. Land Girl Joan Clifford was called up in 1942 and sent on a training course - and soon she was stationed to a farm near Banbury where she worked from daybreak until nightfall. "It was a big shock. I had to learn to drive and the brakes didn`t always work and I had to drive through Banbury market." Margaret Griffin recalled how: "The bull was loose and when the farmer came to tie him up, the bull chased him round the shed and we stood there laughing by the door."
(oxfordmail.co.uk)

Reunion and plaque for the `Idle Women` - the Land Girls of the canals
Over 60 years after the end of the war, a plaque dedicated to the women was revealed by the Grand Union Canal next to the National Waterways Museum in Stoke Bruerne. The event featured WWII songs and Union Jack flags draped from windows. Four of the "Idle Women" (the canal equivalent of the Land Girls) attended the event. Their name came from the initials IW (Inland Waterways) on the badges they wore as they carried out their duties. They were enrolled to fill in for men who had gone to war, transporting stuff across the UK by barge. The "idle" tag was at first an insult by boatmen, but the girls adopted it, and worked hard for the war effort.
(telegraph.co.uk)

Land Girl photojournal - Badge honours surviving members
Tens of thousands of women in U.K. answered the call to work the land and forests, in place of men who had gone to fight in the Second World War. For many it was their first taste of independence, and for those from the cities it was a shock to find themselves driving tractors or felling trees. They became known as the Land Girls and the Lumber Jills. Now the government is recognising their work with a badge of honour for surviving members.
(bbc.co.uk)

Land Army girl Pat Fox`s memoirs and local film published
Memories of a woman who worked as a land girl during World War II have been recorded in film and on paper. Pat Fox has given talks to many groups, but had never written anything down until Market Harborough Historical Society suggested she did. The group helped her write a book "Bless ‘Em All: Memoirs of Life in the Women`s Land Army". When Harborough Movie Makers found out about the project, they approached Fox to make a film about her experiences as well. Fox was guest of honour at a screening of the film "Tales of a Land Army Girl", where she was also given with the first printed copy of the new book.
(harboroughmail.co.uk)

WWII Land Girls (Women`s Land Army :WLA) can now apply for a badge
Women who worked the land during the Second World War can now apply for a badge commemorating their activity. The badge is the first official acknowledgment of the contribution made by members of the Women`s Land Army (WLA) and the Women`s Timber Corps (WTC). Badges will be granted to living members of the WLA and WTC, but not to spouses or families of died members, except where death has took place after 6 Dec 2007. Land Girls helped run farms and feed the nation on the Home Front while men were fighting in the war. They took on work which was often hard, with long hours, poor conditions and low pay. There was a firm sense of patriotism and comradeship.
(bbc)

Commendation Badge for World War II Land Girls
The "Land Girls", who worked on UK farms to assure food was supplied during World War II, are to get a commendation recognising their efforts. All living members of the Women`s Land Army, 80,000-strong at its peak, will receive a special badge. They "worked tirelessly for the benefit of the nation" during the 1940s, Hilary Benn said. "Their selfless service to the country deserves the recognition that this badge will represent." Many of them kept working for 5 years after WWII, until the Women`s Land Army was disbanded in 1950. And there were also "Lumber Jills", in the Women`s Timber Corps, who were based in forests and provided wood.
(bbc)

Isle of Man to honour World War II land girls   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Women who stepped in to help keep the country going during Second World War are to be honoured. The Isle of Man is the first place in the British Isles to honour members of the Women`s Land Army with a medal recognising their service. By 1941, after Britain had been at war for 20 months, many of the male farm workers had been conscripted or had volunteered for the armed forces. Internees and PoWs worked under guard close to their camps, but had to return by 4.30pm. To address the problem, women — known as land girls — were drafted in to help prepare the ground and harvest crops to feed the population.
(iomonline)