Originally posted 2018-08-01 14:19:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
The attacks on Belgium, France and other European countries at war meant that thousands of families saw their homes destroyed by battles and they became homeless refugees. In Britain, most civilians had felt safe, but World War One was a new kind of war. This was because the war came to Britain’s doorstep and most people were at risk from Zeppelins and bombing raids which could happen at any time.
As well as encouraging their men folk to join the Army, as government posters urged them to do, women were soon directly involved in the war. As the war progressed, many went to work overseas where the fighting was taking place. Thousands of women, old and young, volunteered to help the war effort both at home and abroad. Some wealthy women ran charities to help soldiers or turned their homes into hospitals or convalescent homes. Many young women left home for the first time to help in the war effort. At first some women saw the war as an adventure but they quickly realised it was very different to war-stories they had read.
At war only men were officially allowed to fight as soldiers during World War One. Many people felt that it was inappropriate for women to fight and that it was against their caring character. Brave women went into action to help the war effort in other ways.