Women's Timber Corps, Culford Training Camp, Bury St. Edmunds

"The Lumberjills Britains Forgotton Army is a true story full of anecdotes about the girls doing their bit during the Second World War, reminding us of the incredible hard work they undertook helping to keep Britain safe. 

"From her interviews Joanna Foat has brought to life their camaraderie, strength and endurance and great sense of humour throughout. So many people have never heard of Lumberjills so how fitting a tribute to these wonderful young women of the 1940's."

Joanna Foat

Speaker & Author

Joanna Foat, public speaker, author, researcher and environmentalist, uncovered the forgotten story of the Lumberjills, the women who worked in the forest in the Women’s Timber Corps in WW2. She met 60 Lumberjills, published two books, wrote and curated an exhibition, has given over 100 talks and is a certified Big Talk Academy speaker.

She has also been interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, TV’s How We Won The War, Walking Wartime Britain and Dan Snow’s History Hit Podcast among many other radio stations and newspapers.

"A powerful story of hardship and friendship, based on the author’s own original research. I was rooting for these girls to prove themselves on their challenging adventure." 

Suzanne Goldring

best-selling author of My Name is Eva

Meet the Lumberjills


‘Many of the lumberjills I met were upset that they remained a footnote in history, so I wanted to make sure they were remembered. Now their incredible feats of physical and mental endurance inspire women today. Given the freedom and opportunity to work together out in the forest, the lumberjills became very strong and were a huge success.’ 

Joanna Foat

  Celebrating Women in History