A Forgotten Army: The Female Munitions Workers of South Wales, 1939-1945 (Studies in Welsh History)

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World War II brought about a remarkable expansion in female work opportunities in South Wales. Women suddenly found themselves performing unfamiliar work in unfamiliar surroundings and earning relatively handsome wages. Yet, despite the dramatic changes such work caused, surprisingly little is known about the experiences of women employed in the munitions factories of South Wales. "A Forgotten Army" aims to recover their lost voices and to highlight the vital role played by Welsh "munitionettes" in World War II. Through a detailed analysis of contemporary sources and interviews with former war workers, Mari Williams reconstructs the experiences of Welsh women who undertook essential munitions work. The events of wartime are placed against the background of the wider Welsh social, economic and cultural context, while their long-term effects upon the lives of women and their communities in South Wales are also discussed in detail.

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"A major contribution to our knowledge of twentieth century Welsh women’s history." -- Bollettino del CIRT

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Mari A. Williams is research fellow and project leader at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth. She is the author of The Welsh Language and the 1891 Census and is the editor of 'Let's Do Our Best for the Ancient Tongue.' She lives in Deganwy, Wales.

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