The war of movement failed in October 1914, after which trench warfare set in. It became evident that all available men would have to be mobilised to replace initial losses suffered by the French army. The French female workforce, as in all the warring nations, thus became essential to the effort. This photograph was taken in a factory dedicated to the production of shells.
- Article by:
- Susan Grayzel
Professor Susan R Grayzel studies the range of roles women carried out in World War One within domestic labour, waged industrial labour, and military nursing and doctoring.