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Britannia is a woman

Description of film

This short clip shows a range of jobs carried out by women in the armed forces during the war. It includes scenes of women on parade, and also cooking, typing and marching while on camp.


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 essential industries and into the armed forces where they were often given work in catering and administration.

Interesting or important points about the film

The film suggests that women should join the forces so that men could be “freed for the sterner duties of war”, that is would be free to fight.

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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