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Without the work of women on the Home Front, Britain could not have won the First World War Use the Sources and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree this view

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Without the work of women on the Home Front, Britain could not have won the First World War Use the Sources and your own knowledge to explain whether you agree this view (14) During the First World War the men of Britain went to war and left Britain to the waiting hands of the women who came out of their domestic house jobs to go into factories and do things like make munitions to help the war effort. Most of these new jobs that were suddenly on offer the women had never had the opportunity to do before. There are many discussions as to whether Britain would not have succeeded in World War One had the women not taken over from the men when they left. Before 1914 Britain had never really needed the help of the women for the economy, suddenly opportunities opened everywhere for the women. Supplies were needed for the British army. Food and clothing was needed for the men fighting, women continued to farm and plough and ensure that both the army and the women and children left back in Britain had enough food as it was getting more and more difficult to ship in food from other countries. ...read more.

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Like many countries at this time, they turned to propaganda. Source E is an example of a poster produced by the British government in 1916 around the time of the Battle Of Ypres. As propaganda tends to do, the poster gives a seemingly false impression of working in a munitions factory as it makes it seem bright and fun. But this poster, and many like it raise the point of how important it was that the women stepped in and pulled Britain through the war. The land army was another job that many women began between 1914 and 1918. Before this time women farming was practically unheard of but when the war began it became vital. The women who wanted to join the land army could chose between three sections, they were agriculture, timber cutting and forage. 100,000 women were soon working in the land army and this was one of the most physically demanding jobs they could do, to save money and fuel everything had to be done by hand. Once the war begun the Germans began sinking American merchant ships that were brining food into Britain, this meant Britain had to fend for themselves and bring in the harvest and work the farms. ...read more.

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Obviously Britain did not win the war purely because the women in Britain were helping the war effort, the soldiers who went to war and the allies like France were the main role but when people talk about victory for Britain, the fact that the women were major factors in the success is often over looked. I do believe that without the work of the women on the Home Front Britain could not have won the First World War because Britain would have fallen to pieces while the men were away had the women not stepped in. When Britain ran out of shells in 1915 the women back home turned to the factories in their thousands to support the men fighting in Belgium. Many women were working in highly dangerous situations for very little wages to ensure both the women and children at home and the men at war had food to eat, cloths to wear, medial attention when they were injured and transportation. I think that the soldiers and the power of the allies were the main reason Britain won but if the women had refused to work, the British economy would have bust and Britain would starve and have had to step out of the war. I think that the soldiers were not the only war heroes of World War One. ...read more.

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