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Tribute to Women's Land Army, somewhat belated


Image: Westleigh, Devon, Parish Council

"Their tasks included back-breaking stints of digging ditches, ploughing fields and harvesting crops. Lumber Jills provided wood for the war effort, felling trees, sawing timber and sharpening saws. Despite the long hours, poor conditions and low pay, there was a strong sense of patriotism and camaraderie.”

The Land Girls and Lumber Jills numbered more than 84,000 at their peak in 1943. More than sixty years later – so late that ‘better late than never' hardly applies – the Telegraph reports that the government will honour them with a special badge recognizing their indispensable contribution to winning World War II.