Community

 

Land Girls were invited to take part in local community events such as attending film shows, musical evenings or performing in amateur dramatics (Mant, 1994). This bonding within the community was in some places key for their integration into the greater countryside community.

Snelling recounts, there was a rivalry between the different local communities in raising money for tanks and aeroplanes to be used in the war. The Land Girls were an important showcase force at these events – a uniformed ‘farm army’, displaying patriotism for their country.

In many cases, Land Girls had to work alongside Prisoners of War – from Italy or Germany. This caused some resentment in cases, with Land Girls using the same transport around the farm as these ‘enemies’, an issue which is explored in a TV period drama ‘Land Girls’ (Moore, 2010).