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Chilwell – the VC factory explosion 1 July 1918

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In 1914 the British armaments industry was primarily geared to supplying the needs of the Royal Navy, export markets, and a small regular army. The Navy’s and Army’s relatively modest armament needs were largely met by state-owned factories and a handful of private firms. But by autumn 1914, it was clear that the essentially static trench warfare o…


His Majesty's Factory Gretna

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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.