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Who won the War? by Anon.

Many land girls wrote poems while in the WLA. A few had them published in local or national newspapers or magazines. Vita Sackville-West edited a collection which has been added to the Imperial War Museum reprint of her wartime record of The Womens Land Army.

Many others were ditties which were recited locally by hostel girls or set to popular songs of the day. The anonymous verse, below, lays claim to a vital role for the Land Army as an essential wartime national service, keeping the nation fed:

Who Won the War?

It wasnt the WRENS who won the war
Whatever the WRENS may say
It was the Womens Land Army
They won it making hay

It wasnt the ATS who won the war
They never fired a gun
It was the Womens Land Army
Spreading cow muck by the ton

It wasnt the WAAFS who won the war
Though they said they did, and how,
It was the Womens Land Army
They even went to plough

It really was the land girls
Who won the war, you see
They heeded all those posters

Stuart Antrobus Historian/Author

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