After Germany declared war women were enlisted in the British Women’s Land Army (WLA). By August 1940, about 7,000 women had enlisted in the army. However, with the blockade of British supply routes from America by German U-boats, Churchill feared that the country would starve. A majority of women joining the army had abandoned farmlands. Churchill stopped the recruitment of women and asked women to choose between working in factories or in farms to prevent Britain from starving.