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'The Forgotten Army of the Woods': The Women's Timber Corps during the Second World War*

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Abstract:

The Women's Timber Corps (WTC) was a little-known subdivision of the Women's Land Army. Formed officially in April 1942, and composed entirely of women, the Corps was organised to make up for the drift of male forestry workers into the Armed Forces and to assist with the drive to reduce Britain's unsustainable reliance on imported timber. Given the relative absence of the organisation from official histories of the Second World War, the aim of this article is to reconstruct the form and function of the WTC from its early manifestation in 1917 as the Women's Forestry Service to its final days in 1946.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-06-01

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  • Agricultural History Review is the leading journal for the publication of original research in all aspects of agricultural and rural history. First published in 1952, the Review reflects the diversity of approaches which are possible in rural history. Its editors welcome submissions in any aspect of the history of agriculture, rural society and rural economy over the past millennium. Whilst it is not concerned with current policy debates, it is interested in considering discussions of the historical dimensions of current problems in rural society and food supply. The Review is especially strong in British rural history, but actively seeks submissions in European and American rural history and has no bar on submissions concerning the remainder of the world. It is also the journal of record for book reviews in the discipline.

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