CARDIFF AND THE VALLEYS AT WAR 1939-45


CARDIFF AND THE VALLEYS AT WAR 1939-45

GARY DOBBS    Book Number: 89987    Product format: Paperback

Together with Newport and Swansea, Cardiff was one of the ports targeted by the Germans early in the war, though Bridgend's munitions factory further down the coast, the largest in Britain, was incredibly never bombed. The coal industry was essential to Britain's survival but early in the war mining was not a reserved occupation and many miners signed up. A photo of coal wagons lined up at Cardiff docks demonstrates the scale of the operation. As the fuel situation worsened, there was bitterness at continuing low wages. On the lighter side, Cardiff's cinemas and dance halls were full during the war, with people reluctant to leave when the sirens sounded. By 1943 more than half of those employed in the South Wales war industry were women, and a photo of workers in the Bridgend ordnance factory shows the women with their hair tied up in turbans in time-honoured fashion, while a recruiting poster has the slogan "fighting fit in the factory". German POWs were held at Island Farm Camp 198 which was the scene of an attempted escape in 1945, using two tunnels out of Huts 9 and 16, with the noise masked by loud singing. The escape committee collected spare food and created maps based on rail networks. The eagle-eyed camp commander had himself been in a German POW camp and knew what to look out for, but the second tunnel escaped notice and 70 prisoners got out, with 67 recaptured. 114pp, softback, 50 original and modern-day photographs in black and white.
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ISBN 9781473864610
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