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Women and World War II

WW2 Tasmanian women

During World War Two, Tasmanian women enlisted in the following service roles:

  • Australian Army Medical Women's Service
  • Australian Army Nursing Service
  • Royal Australian Air Force Nursing Service
  • Aircraftswoman
  • Australian Imperial Force
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • Air Training Corps
  • Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force
  • Women's Air Training Corps
  • Women's Auxiliary National Service
  • Women's Royal Australian Naval Service
  • Voluntary Aid Detachments

The Australian Women's Army Service (AWAS) was formed in 1941 to enable men to be released from certain military duties in Australia so they could be employed in fighting units overseas.

The Australian Women’s Land Army (AWLA) was formed as a national organisation on 27 July 1942. Women in the AWLA were commonly referred to as ’land girls’. The AWLA comprised young women who volunteered to work as rural labour to offset the labour shortage on farms created by men leaving to join the armed services or take up essential war work during World War II.