A global conflict that occurred between 1939 and 1945, also known as ‘The Second World War’
This is an image of a Woman's Land Army arm band which can be found at the Museum of East Anglian Life, please see the stories so far below for more information.
In 1939 a huge war began that lasted until 1945. It involved the majority of the world’s countries, who essentially became 2 opposing sides: the Allies and the Axis. In total up to 70 million people died, making this the deadliest conflict in the entire history of human life. This battle, known as the Second World War, or World War Two, changed the structure of the world in many ways, some of which continue to have global repercussions even today. But some of those ways are also intimate or personal. Members of your family will have lived through this war. Some of them will have had to fight. Some of them may even have died. All of them will have suffered in some ways as a result of the war, be it getting sent in to battle, living in fear, having to do difficult work, having limited food or shelter, being injured or losing loved ones. We take our freedom for granted so often these days but, whether we think of it or not, really we only have it because of the sacrifice of others. Of course in different parts of the world people are still at war right now, today, tonight, tomorrow and the next day. I can’t really imagine the terror, can you?

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The Women's Land Army (WLA) was a civilian organisation created during the First and Second World Wars, working in agriculture to replace men called up to the military. Yet even after the Second World War ended there was still work to be done, with a lack of male agricultural workers and continued rationing meaning the WLA’s work continued up to 1950. These armbands are part of the uniform of Margaret Rayner, who served as a Land Girl from 1947 to 1950. Margaret joined the Land Army at the age of 19 and spent her first 6 months in training at Columbine Hall, Stowupland (Suffolk). She went on to work at a farm in East Bergholt, Essex, where she did all kinds of farm work, including hand milking the three cows.
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