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Dressed in overalls and carrying axes, the young women were recruited by the Forestry Commission to fell trees and work in sawmills during the Second World War as part of the war effort.

How the 'Lumberjills' helped win the war

Some of the members of the Women's Timber Corp walking to work during the Second World War. They were recruited by the Forestry Commission and replaced the men who had left to join the armed forces

Farmer Tuppin explains the workings of a rat trap to Land Girl Margaret Wilson and her colleagues as part of their training on a Sussex farm. Margaret was a bus conductress in Yorkshire before joining the WLA. 1942

Farmer Tuppin explains the workings of a rat trap to Land Girl Margaret Wilson and her colleagues as part of their training on a Sussex farm. Margaret was a bus conductress in Yorkshire before joining the WLA.

During both World Wars, many civilian women took up jobs in agriculture, replacing those men who went to war. The women who worked for the Women's Land Army (WLA) were commonly known as Land Girls. In forestry, Women's Timber Corps were known as Lumber Jills. At the height of the First World War the Land Army had a full-time membership of 23,000 members. The number exceeded 80,000 during the Second World War.

The Women's Land Army (WLA) were commonly known as Land Girls. In forestry, the Women's Timber Corps were known as Lumber Jills. At the height of the WWI the Land Army had a full-time membership of members. The number exceeded during WWII.

World War II, City garden on bombed site, Pictures shows an ATS girls admiring flowers in August 1944. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

World War II, City garden on bombed site, Pictures shows an ATS girls admiring flowers in August (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Gather round for some stories of excellent women from recent and ancient history who lived all over the world.

15 Historical Women They Should Have Taught You About In School

Gather round for some stories of excellent women from recent and ancient history who lived all over the world.

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Land Girls with two lambs on a farm in Suffolk, England, Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

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