Story: Second World War

Poster for volunteer war service (1st of 5)

Poster for volunteer war service

In late 1940 the New Zealand government issued this poster to encourage civilians to contribute to the war effort at home. The Women's War Service Auxiliary organised the war efforts of women. It included such roles as first aid, truck driving, canteen service, clerical work and farm work. By 1942 there were 75,000 members, but it always remained voluntary. The Emergency Precautions Scheme (EPS) provided for civil-defence preparedness, covering matters such as fire services, medical arrangements and law and order. The EPS became compulsory in 1942. The Home Guard was formed in 1940 and also became compulsory in 1942, by which time there were over 100,000 civilians trained to provide military resistance in the event of invasion.

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Ian McGibbon, 'Second World War - Japan enters the war', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/34573/poster-for-volunteer-war-service (accessed 20 October 2017)

Story by Ian McGibbon, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 10 May 2016