In this talk Nigel Crompton will look at the huge cordite factory built in 1915-1916 on the border of England and Scotland at Gretna.
H.M. Factory, Gretna was the United Kingdom's largest cordite factory in the Great War. It was built by the Government in response to the Shell Crisis of 1915 and covered 9000 acres. Without the factory, it was claimed that the cordite would have had to be imported from the USA at a massive cost. At its peak, the factories produced 800 tons of Cordite per week, more than all the other munitions plants in Britain combined.
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