High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! As one of the first total wars, World War I mobilized women in unprecedented numbers on all sides. The vast majority of them were drafted into the civilian work force to replace dead or conscripted men. Many served in the military in support roles, e.g. as nurses, but some saw combat as well.In 1914 Britain declared war on Germany and many men left their jobs to fight overseas. Women were called on, by necessity to do work and take on roles that were out side their gender expectations. Many women took on jobs that were traditionally classed as men's work.