Photo ArchiveArchive of 5 silver gelatin press photos of women in the military. 1938-1950. Photos range from 10 x 8 to 7.5 x 5.75 inches. Photos show women in uniform, receiving honors, eating at the mess hall and standing in line for drills. British and American. One image from 1943 shows 7 women in uniform with their hands raised to take their oath of service. A man reads to them from a paper, their eyes fixed on his face, some serious and others smiling. Article caption glued to verso reads, "Lady Leathernecks-On February 13, 1943, the Marine Corps Women's Reserve program was announced and women swarmed to recruiting offices until a peak of nearly 19,000 women Marines was reached during World War II." During World War II every major participating nation enlisted women for its armed services. Though the majority served in nursing or clerical support roles, over 500,000 women filled combat roles in anti-aircraft units in Britain and Germany, as well as front-line units in the Soviet Union. One image from 1938 shows women in tight rows wearing street clothes, backs straight and arms at their sides as an officer stands in front of them, instructing them. Inscription beneath image reads "Women drill in England." Article glued to verso reads in part "Training Britain's Blouse and Skirt Army...about 120 women are among the first recruits of the newly formed women's territorial army of England....Many of the members of this blouse and skirt army are mothers who leave their children at home, while others are titled women and working girls who have permission from their employers to take army training."