Women at War

The women of Britain played an important part in the Second World War just as they had done in the previous war.  They stepped into the gaps left by the men who were in active service, both as volunteers and, from 1941, as conscripts called up to support the war effort. The opportunities that existed for them could be challenging or dangerous, but also offered a degree of freedom and autonomy that many would not have otherwise experienced.  Women could undertake essential work in factories, enlist in one of the Auxiliary Forces, or choose to be part of the civilian Land Army, helping to feed the nation by working the land.  

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Women at War
Read more about the roles played by women during the war.
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Recollections of Women at War
Personal memories of women who experienced and served in the Second World War.