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Tanks under construction in A Erecting Shop, Swindon Works. 1941

Tanks under construction in A Erecting Shop, Swindon Works. 1941


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Size: 2786 x 1768 (1.4MB)

Date: 10th March 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: HWW2-1 064

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Tanks under construction in A Erecting Shop, Swindon Works. 1941

One of the earliest tasks contracted to the GWR by the Ministry of Supply was the erection of tanks for supply overseas. Thousands of tank components were being made by all the British railway companies during the initial years of the war, and this image of A Erecting shop at Swindon Works taken in June 1941 shows some of those components being brought together to form the body of 25-27 ton tanks. The tanks under construction are Infantry Tank Mark II, or Matilda II, as they were commonly known. They were difficult and complex tanks to build and required a skilled workforce with specialist machinery to correctly manufacture this model

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Swindon Works Tank World War 2


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This print takes us back to the heart of World War II, specifically to June 1941 at the A Erecting Shop in Swindon Works. The image showcases a pivotal moment in history when the Great Western Railway (GWR) was tasked by the Ministry of Supply with constructing tanks for overseas deployment. As we delve into this snapshot frozen in time, we witness an amalgamation of thousands of tank components meticulously brought together by skilled workers and specialist machinery. These components seamlessly merge to form the robust body of Infantry Tank Mark II, affectionately known as Matilda II. The construction process is nothing short of awe-inspiring; it highlights both the complexity and difficulty involved in building these formidable war machines. It is evident that every detail has been carefully considered, ensuring utmost precision throughout production. Swindon Works stands as a testament to British railway companies' collective effort during those initial years of war. This bustling hub became a vital cog in Britain's defense mechanism, churning out tanks that would ultimately play a crucial role on foreign battlefields. This print serves as a poignant reminder not only of GWR's significant contribution but also pays homage to all those who dedicated their skills and expertise towards safeguarding our nation during one of its darkest hours.

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