WAAC - Every Fit Woman Can Release A Fit Man

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  • Art.IWM PST 4881
Art and Popular Design
Place made
Great Britain
Subject period
  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph
  • Support: Height 1515 mm, Width 109 mm
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  • object name: Poster
  • object category: Poster

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Object description

whole: the image occupies the upper two-thirds, held within a black border. The title is divided and partly integrated across the top edge, and partly separate across the lower centre, in black. The text is separate and positioned in the lower third, in black. All set against a white background and held within a black border. image: three-quarter length depictions of a line of members of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, smiling and waving. A large Union Flag flies above their heads. text: W.A.A.C EVERY FIT WOMAN CAN RELEASE A FIT MAN JOIN THE WOMEN'S ARMY AUXILIARY CORPS TO-DAY FOR WORK WITH THE FORCES AT HOME AND ABROAD FOR ALL INFORMATION AND ADVICE WRITE TO OR APPLY AT NEAREST EMPLOYMENT EXCHANGE OR LOCAL AGENCY (THE ADDRESS CAN BE OBTAINED AT ANY POST OFFICE) H. AND C. GRAHAM, LT.D. LONDON. S.E.


The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was formed in January 1917 and recruited the first women into the British Army to serve in a non-nursing capacity. The WAAC provided catering, storekeeping, vehicle maintenance and clerical duties for the British Army, freeing more men to take up combat roles. In 1918 Queen Mary became patron and the corps was renamed Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps. Over 57,000 women enrolled in the WAAC/QMAAC during the First World War and though not given full military status, often worked close to the frontline. Three Military Medals were awarded to members for gallantry. The QMAAC was eventually disbanded in September 1921.

Physical description

Single sheet, printed on one side only.





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