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Ironbridge in the Great War - Christopher W. A. Owen

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Title
Ironbridge in the Great War
Author
Christopher W. A. Owen
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Pen & Sword Military
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20171130

Famed as the birthplace of modern industry and the first cast iron metal single span bridge, Ironbridge is venerated the world over
yet its social history is at times unfamiliar.
One hundred years ago this sleepy town, set by the river Severn, willingly volunteered its life-blood to a war that everyone confidently believed would be a short-lived, adventurous romp. Misled by government propaganda, they soon discovered through fighting relative's letters and various official news reports, many of which are unearthed for the first time throughout this book, that it had rapidly degenerated into an endless morass of bloody violence
with the probability of their men meeting a painful death on a daily basis thrown in for good measure.
The town's wartime heritage is one of enterprise and hard work as the majority of the Great War gun-fodder comprised working-class men drawn from prestigious local companies. Maw & Co, the world-famous ceramic tile maker, raised its own company of enlisted fighting men, in common with other businesses nationwide, that were known as Pals Battalions. As in most instances across the land, it subsequently paid a heavy price for this mass act of patriotism. Ironbridge also became a cradle of the fledgling women's wartime workforce, who helped produce vital heavy munitions components at another famous local company's works.
Ironbridge in the Great War is the story of the town's great sacrifice, as evidenced by the numerous and diverse war monuments that populate the town and its surrounding hamlets. This is detailed work that includes fascinating facts about the town, which, despite being constantly under the world spotlight, remained, until now, a part of its hidden wartime social history.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
World War, 1914-1918 - England - Ironbridge.|Ironbridge (England) - History - 20th century.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
151

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