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Women war workers making ammunition shells in 24F Shop, 1943

Women war workers making ammunition shells in 24F Shop, 1943


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Date: 22nd August 2012

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Women war workers making ammunition shells in 24F Shop, 1943

These women have been tasked with the pressing on of copper bands and insertion of base plates for 25-pounder quick firing, high explosive, streamline shells. They are using a specialist Aldous- Campbell Ltd high pressure machine which fits both copper band and base plate securely in position. The lady to the right of the machine is holding a shell in position and a notice board (just out of shot) states that two presses, one of eight seconds and another of five seconds, are required in the machine to seal the shell

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In this photograph from 1943, we are transported back to the heart of World War II at the Women's war workers' 24F Shop. The image showcases a group of determined women diligently engaged in the crucial task of making ammunition shells. Their skilled hands deftly press on copper bands and insert base plates for 25-pounder quick firing, high explosive streamline shells. The focal point of the photo is a specialist Aldous-Campbell Ltd high-pressure machine that plays an integral role in their work. This remarkable piece of machinery securely fits both copper band and base plate into position with precision and efficiency. Positioned to the right of the machine is a lady holding a shell firmly in place, ensuring its proper alignment during production. Although just out of shot, a notice board provides essential instructions for these dedicated workers. It reveals that two presses are required within the machine - one lasting eight seconds and another five seconds - to effectively seal each shell. This powerful image captures not only the immense responsibility shouldered by these women but also their unwavering commitment towards supporting their country during wartime. Their contribution at Swindon Works, part of GWR (Great Western Railway), exemplifies how women played an indispensable role in various industries throughout World War II without mentioning any specific company or commercial use. Today, this poignant photograph serves as a testament to their resilience and dedication amidst challenging times while honoring their invaluable service to our nation's history

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