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An upbeat overview of British women's contribution to the war effort in both military and civilian capacities, featuring a speech by Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother).
The part played by women in the national effort
'Everywhere to-day women in uniform are engaged in doing jobs to relieve men for posts of danger. In the khaki of the Auxiliary Territorial Service are drivers, cooks and clerical workers. Other organisations perform similar tasks for the Navy and Air Force. Most women volunteers are employed in civil defence: nursing, A.R.P., Fire Brigades, canteen work, and helping with the evacuation of children from dangerous areas. The great interest in women's work shown by Her Majesty the Queen has been a source of inspiration to everyone.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1940)
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