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'You Can Shorten the Road to Victory', recruiting poster, Palestine Auxiliary Territorial Service, 1943 (c)

Poster designed by Gabriel and Maxim Shamir, 1943 (c).

A female soldier, with an ATS cap badge and shoulder title, drives along a road. She has a 'Palestine' badge attached to her epaulette. 'You can Shorten the Road to Victory' and 'Join the ATS', printed in Hebrew text.

The Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) was formed by Royal Warrant on 9 September 1938. It was granted full military status in April 1941 and by the December conscription was extended to include women.

During World War Two the ATS were deployed all over the world and women from all over the British Empire came forward to serve. As well as coming to England to enlist in the British ATS, units were formed around the world, including in the Middle East.

5,000 women served in the ATS in the Middle East, with about 80% being locally enrolled. They were made responsible for communications in Egypt and Palestine.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 2018-04-10-2


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