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Tribute to the Land Girls.

March 11, 2017

 

In the dark days of the forties,
when Britain was at war.
The men all got their call up,
and had to leave these shores.

 

The country stood united,
they had to fight the foe.
The women took their places
as they watched their men folk go.

 

And some went in the factories
and helped to make the bombs.
All stood up to be counted,
the daughters and their Mums.

 

But thousands from the cities
went to work the land.
They knew that they were needed,
they had to make a stand.

 

They joined the Womens Land Army,
the WLA.
They soon were in the country,
milking cows and making hay.

 

They supported the old farmers
who didn't go to war.
 They grew the nations rations,
they filled the country's stores.

 

And it was never  ever easy,
the work was hard and long.
But they took up to the challenge,
together they were strong.

 

They saw the planes fly over,
they watched their cities burn.
they fought their war with pitch forks,
they knew it was their turn.

 

Hairdressers and shop girls
in dungarees and boots.
digging up the pastures
picking beans and fruits.

 

Farming for our future,
learning on the spot.
Missing all their families,
but giving their best shot.

 

They wore the badge of freedom
as they worked upon the land,
something our generation
will never understand.

 

A nation of strong women
who stood above the clouds of war
we must vow that we'll remember
what they were fighting for.
Jan Millward©

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