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Wartime shells being packed up in 24F shop, ready for transportation in 1942

Wartime shells being packed up in 24F shop, ready for transportation in 1942


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Size: 2596 x 1888 (1.5MB)

Date: 10th March 2014

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: HWW2-3 025

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Wartime shells being packed up in 24F shop, ready for transportation in 1942

By 1943 the majority of Allied munitions production was undertaken by America and Canada. This eased the pressure on British workshops as there had become a serious shortage of materials. This image of 24F Shop in February 1942 shows one of the shell production lines being packed up, ready to be shipped to America. These particular boxes are marked up for New York; this city alone housed over 300 war plants and factories during World War II

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Swindon Works World War 2 Ammunition Bombs Shells


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In this photograph from February 1942, we catch a glimpse of the bustling activity inside the 24F Shop at Swindon Works during World War II. The image showcases an essential aspect of wartime production - the packing up of shells for transportation. As Allied munitions production shifted to America and Canada by 1943, British workshops faced a severe shortage of materials. This particular snapshot captures one of the shell production lines being meticulously packed up, ready to be shipped across the Atlantic to America. The boxes in focus are marked for New York, a city that played a crucial role in housing over 300 war plants and factories during this tumultuous period. The scene is filled with workers diligently preparing these vital ammunition supplies for their long journey overseas. Each box represents countless hours of labor and dedication as they contribute to the collective effort against tyranny. This poignant image serves as a reminder not only of Swindon Works' significant contribution but also highlights the global collaboration necessary during times of conflict. It symbolizes how nations came together, sharing resources and expertise to ensure victory on multiple fronts. Preserved within STEAM Museum's collection, this print offers us an invaluable window into history – capturing both the tireless efforts behind wartime production and showcasing how different countries united in their fight against oppression.

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