Tyne and Wear HER(13373): Birtley, National Projectile Factory/Royal Ordnance Factory

  • Description

    "At the beginning of the First World War Britain had insufficient ammunition to match that of the German army. The Government of National Unity built National Projectile Factories with private firms all over the country. There was a shortage of people to work in them however as able-bodied men were fighting on the frontline. Belgium was regarded as the foremost European country for the manufacture of armaments and so Belgian armaments workers and refugees were brought from the front to work in British factories. In 1915 several hundred Belgian workers came to two factories built by Armstrong Whitworth in Birtley to make shells and cartridge cases...."
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  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
  • License

    What does this mean? Unknown license check permission to reuse
  • Further information

    Link: http://www.twsitelines.info/SMR/13373
    Resource type: Text/Website
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 2 years, 4 months ago
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    Picture Taken: Unknown
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