During both world wars, British women (as part of the Women's Land Army) learned to undertake all manner of farm work while the men were away fighting. Their sterling work enabled continued farm production during a time of immense hardship. This is a rare picture of a group of early World War II "Land Girls" in training. Many of these ladies came from cities and had no previous knowledge of tractors and farming, so what a learning curve that training must have been. Many ex-members of the Women's Land Army later recalled how much they enjoyed their days as Land Girls, and how they had a great sense of empowerment from being able to drive tractors, plough fields and help to feed a hungry nation.
Photo by Josephine Roberts