A fabulous slice of wartime nostalgia, a facsimile edition of the manual used by the Land Girls during the Second World War. With millions of men away to fight in the Second World War Britain was struggling for labour. In order to replace the agricultural workers now fighting the Nazis, the Women's Land Army (originally founded in the First World War) was relaunched in June 1939 by the Ministry of Labour. 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 the war over 100,000 women of the WLA or 'Land Girls' as they were more affectionately known, had helped feed the nation in its darkest hour. First published in 1941, LAND GIRL was a practical guide for the city slickers who were recruited into the Women's Land Army and sent to work on farms in the English countryside to replace the men who had joined up. An amazing period piece, hundreds of thousands of copies were printed and sold and it became one of the year's best selling books.
Dr Wilfred Edward Shewell-Cooper was a British organic gardener and pioneer of 'no dig' gardening. He was a prolific author of gardening books and wrote the LAND GIRL MANUAL in 1940. His other books include GROW YOUR OWN FOOD SUPPLY (1939). He was horticultural advisor to the Army and organised the growing of vegetables on every scrap of Army land. This included small pockets of land around anti-aircraft guns, radar stations and in turn training soldiers tend the crops as part of the 'Dig for Victory' campaign. He died in 1982.
1. The Women's Land Army in the Great War, 1914-1918 2. The Need of the Land Army Today 3. How to Join 4. Training (if Necessary) 5. The Uniform 6. Employment 7. Welfare 8. Journeys & Holidays 9. List of Chairmen & County Secretaries 10. Making the Most of the Country 11. Useful Hints & Tips 12. The Proof of the Pudding is in the Eating List of Illustrations