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4.0 out of 5 stars Royal Ordinance Factory in South Wales, 'ROF53, Wales', 6 Dec. 2011
John Powell (Swansea, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Welsh Arsenal: The Story of the Bridgend Munitions Factory, ROF 53, and the People Who Worked There (Paperback)
A full and extraordinary account of the planning, construction and working of the Royal Ordinance Factory in South Wales, 'ROF53, Wales'. It is also the story of thousands of people who's lives were disrupted as total war tore them from the familiar to the unknown, displaced them from the comfortable, accustomed routine to the alien and frightening. In March 1942 the total workforce was 28,707, the majority were women.
Some, a very few were killed, not two dozen, their sacrifice is every bit as worthy of remembrance as those of the servicemen and women who's names are inscribed on war memorials across Britain.
Then, as suddenly as it all began, it was ended. Those that worked at ROF 53 went back to the lives they had expected. Except that the experience had changed many for for ever. They had a new purpose, even a new identity; no longer shop girl or miner or daughter, but war worker, factory worker.
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