The British Army and World War I

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The British Army and World War I In October 1915 the Derby Scheme was introduced; all men had to register and they were put into categories of age, marital status and occupation, under this scheme the young, unmarried and unskilled men were enlisted. In 1916 conscription was properly introduced in Britain to increase the size of the army. (b) During the course of the First World War, Britain was geared towards the aim of winning the war. Women of all social classes were involved in the war effort. This was the first time that many women in the upper-class and middle-class had experienced paid work; contemporaries would have considered this unsuitable in peacetime. There was still a clear distinction between classes, for example in munitions factories the women who put the explosives in the shells would be from the working-class, while the middle-class women would be a supervisor. Therefore women from the lower class got fewer opportunities than women in a higher class. With the introduction of conscription in 1916, many jobs formally male dominated were open to women because the men had left to fight in the war; women took over jobs such as working in agriculture in the woman’s land army or in munitions factories, which were essential for running the country and fighting in the war. The women who worked in agriculture found that wearing skirts was unpractical, so they had to wear trousers. This was the first time it
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