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The Women’s Timber Corps was founded in 1942 to provide the UK with timber. Known as “Lumber Jills,” these women produced the timber necessary for telegraph poles, rails used in the D-Day invasions, and coal mine support beams.
The Home Grown Timber Production Department organized for the women to work in the timber industry to replace the men drafted into the armed forces. They were essentially the British equivalent of America’s Rosie the Riveter.
At the war’s height there were 6,000 women working in the Timber Corps, many from cities who had previously worked as dressmakers, shop assistants, and factory workers. These urbanites proved to be just as efficient with an axe as their rural peers. In fact, there is no evidence suggesting that recruitment for the corps was based on physical ability. Rather, the corps sought women with “enthusiasm, resilience and good humour.”
The Timber Corps was part of the Women’s Land Army which at its peak had 80,000 women on its roster. The Women’s Land Army was formed during the First World War with the aim of reducing the UK’s reliance on imports. The women helped at dairy farms, ploughed fields, and sheared sheep. The press advertised working in the Timber Corps as a way for women to escape the city for a country vacation, showing pictures of bare-armed women in trousers enjoying the sunshine. The press didn’t mention the conditions, such as working at night in the dead of winter, fingers amputated by saws, bronchitis caused by saw dust inhalation, or the women crushed by trees falling in unanticipated directions.
While Lumber Jills received better compensation than their counterparts in the Women’s Land Army, it was not possible for them to quit after starting. In some ways, they were treated similarly to the prisoners of war assigned to work in the timber industry. There was even a point of contention when the prisoners received new boots before the women.
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Land Army girl Vera Howson at the Women’s Timber Corps training camp.

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Land Army girls sawing larch poles for use as pit props.

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Land Girls using a double saw to cut down a tree as part of their training at the Women’s Land Army camp in Culford, Suffolk in 1943.

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Women’s Land Army Forestry Training, Culford, Suffolk, 1943

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Two Land Army girls sawing timber into lengths for pit props at the WLA training centre at Culford, Suffolk during 1942.
 
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Air Warden evacuating child from her home after it was destroyed by a V1 in June of 1944.

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A Womens Royal Naval Service (Wren) plotter in 'The Citadel', the Western Approaches Command (WAC) Headquarters bunker underneath Derby House in Liverpool, 1944. WAC was responsible for protecting all Atlantic shipping. On this huge wall chart, Wren plotters recorded the movements of convoys, warships and U-boats, while senior officers from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force planned the battle like a giant game of chess.

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Women of the Free French Ambulance Corps take time out for some knitting WW2

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At the grave of brother. Sister and brother saying goodbye to a fallen hero who stays behind in Risl cemetary in Karelia. WWII - Finnish Army

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The Rochambelles were the female ambulance unit of the French 2nd Armored
Division. They served on the front lines, from Normandy to Berchtesgaden.
Them and the Marinettes (the female ambulance unit of the French Marines Armored
Regt, the RBFM) were the only women unit to serve on the Western front lines in
World War II.
https://militaryimages.net/media/les-rochambelles.19923/
 
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WASP ferrying aircraft during the war

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268th Station Hospital, Australia

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Kitchen "Lotta" (woman volunteer) Lyyli Iso-Aho giving something to drink for a wounded from 3rd Armygroup in Kiestinki. Finnish Army photo.

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An american female factory worker putting the finishing touches on an Insignia on a United States Navy plane

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Marine sniper Yelizaveta Mironova with an unknown number of kills, seen here demonstrating the use of camouflage

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Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina, was russian sniper with 54 confirmed kills, wearing the medal of the Order of Glory 2nd and 3rd Class.

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WAAF's on their NAAFI break
 
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Polish woman signaller. Warsaw uprising

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Warsaw uprising, signaller Ludwika Wyszomirska.

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Warsaw uprising, 2.9.1944 in Warecka street. Zofia Dabrowska, killed in action 3 days later.

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Fighter aces Lilya Litvyak, 12 German kills (left) and Katya Budanova, 11 German kills (center). They both died in combat. On the right is Mariya Kuznetsova.

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A female Volunteer collects donated typewriters for uncle sams war effort
United States

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Field medics boarding a troop ship
United States

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Working on machinery
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A Nurse looks after an injured serviceman
United States

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Women making the Stars and stripes flag
United States

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Working on an Aircraft wing

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Working on an Army truck
United States

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Working alongside men on an Aircraft Engine
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Working alongside men in the Factory
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Building assault boats for U.S. Marine Corps

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Women welders discuss the production of motor mounts and welded parts in a welding booth at the Inglewood, Calif., plant of North American Aviation

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Major Charity Adams, Commander, and Captain Abbie Campbell, Executive Officer, inspect the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, in England in February 1945.

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Women in an ordnance depot in England check a new shipment of Vickers machine gun that just arrived from the United States as part of Lend Lease, 1940

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A landing gear, ready for assembly on a B-25 bomber, is rolled into place on the final assembly line of North American's Inglewwod, Calif. plant.

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Part of the cowling for one of the motors for a B-25 bomber is assembled in the engine department of North American's Inglewood, Calif. plant.

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Mrs. Virginia Young (right), whose husband was one of the first casualties of World War II, is a supervisor in the Assembly and Repairs Department of the Naval Air Base at Corpus Christi, Texas. Her job is to find convenient and comfortable living quarters for women workers from out of the state, like Ethel Mann, who operates an electric drill. (Public domain)
 
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Not to be nitpicky, but isn't it "HM Queen Elizabeth II" now? HRH was her style in the days of that photo.
 
Nice photos!

Ahem.Thousands of photos are available of the US war effort in color or black and white and much higher resolution on the Library of Congress web site. All photos on the Library of Congress are available for public use.



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Examples...

Title...Bathtub full of cartridges. Girls at a large eastern arsenal inspecting 30 caliber ball cartridges for the Army
Contributor Names...Palmer, Alfred T., photographer
United States. Office of War Information.
Created / Published...1942

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Title...Fingers of destruction. Gauging and weighing 50-caliber ball cartridges in an endless row. Production for war is geared up to top speed at this eastern Army arsenal
Contributor Names...Palmer, Alfred T., photographer
United States. Office of War Information.
Created / Published
1942
 
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October 1942. Glenview, Illinois. “Transfusion bottles containing intravenous solution are given final inspection by Grace Kruger, one of many women employees at Baxter Laboratories. When her brother left Baxter to join the Merchant Marine, Miss Kruger, a former life insurance clerk, took his place.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem for the OWI.
 
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An american female factory worker putting the finishing touches on an Insignia on a United States Navy plane
 

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