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Britannia is a woman

Description of film

This film provides a lively voice over describing the work of women in the land army. We see women driving tractors ploughing up new fields to grow food.


During the First World War Britain had learnt how valuable women could be to the war effort. As soon as war broke out women were conscripted into the armed forces and into essential industries. One of the key areas was food production. Women were drafted into the Women's Land Army to provide labour for farmers whose workers had joined the army.

Interesting or important points about the film

The tone of this clip gives a sense of the important role women played in the war effort. Women are shown working confidently with heavy machinery and wearing trousers. Before the war neither of these things would have been very likely.

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Further information
Sub categoryWorld War Two
FilmBritannia is a woman
SourceIWM MGH 171
ProducerBritish Movietone News 20th Century Fox (USA distribution); sponsor: British Council