Women in paid employment were not a new phenomenon in 1914. They made up a substantial part of the industrial workforce even before the First World War, although they were mainly concentrated in textile manufacture. After 1915, when the need for shells intensified, women were brought into munitions manufacturing in large numbers. By 1918 almost a million women were employed in some aspect of munitions work.
"In An Ambulance" by Olive Mudie-Cooke (WWI) at the Imperial War Museum, London - From the curators' comments: "In January 1916, Olive Mudie-Cooke went to France where she served as an ambulance driver with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) and later with the Red Cross. In 1920 the Imperial War Museum’s Women’s Work Sub-Committee acquired several of her drawings depicting her work with the British Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment units in France."
they are gaunt, mean shadows that bite the ground like teeth. as the sun nears the horizon, its benevolent yellow begins to deepen, to become infected, until it glares an angry inflamed orange. post...
Willaim Orpen. After a Fight 1917. A study of a young Scottish infantryman in kilt and full kit. He sits on the ground exhausted, holding his steel helmet in his right hand and staring into the distance.