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Book Review: ROF Swynnerton: Bullets, Bombs & Roses

 

ROF Swynnerton: Bullets, Bombs & Roses by Graham Bebbington

This is the little-known story of the Royal Ordnance Factory Swynnerton in Staffordshire, a factory where bombs and shell casings were filled with explosives during World War Two. Compiled using first-hand interviews with people who worked at the site – the female workers being universally known as Roses – along with historical records and photos, Graham has created a most interesting and detailed book on a so often overlooked subject. He has achieved the difficult task of balancing the factual history of the site with the personal stories of the people who worked, and in some cases, died there. The book highlights that although the dangerous tasks carried out by the army of female workers on a daily basis were vital to the war effort, the ‘Roses’ have not received the formal recognition they deserve – surely a wrong that should be righted. Bullets, Bombs & Roses is very much a worthy addition to the bookshelf. (Reviewed by Nigel Price)

Publisher: Churnet Valley Books  www.leekbooks.co.uk

Softback: 106 pages.  .  RRP: £9.95

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