In order to increase the amount of food grown in the UK during the war years whilst the soldiers were away the Women's Land Army was created. In effect the Land Army operated to place women with farms that needed workers, the farmers being their employers. The majority of the Land Girls already lived in the countryside but more than a third came from London and the industrial cities of the north of England. By the end of 1944 there were over 80,000 Land Girls as they were known, working in the farming industry. The organisation was officially disbanded in 1950.
A popular subject for re-enactment, you will find some Land Girls at most events, these are ariving on the back of a US truck at the War and Peace Show at the Hop Farm in Kent.
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