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"Munitions: Unveiling the Hidden Heroes of War" A glimpse into history: A German propaganda poster from WW1 showcases the power in shaping the outcome of battles

Background imageMunitions Collection: German propaganda poster, WW1

German propaganda poster, WW1
German propaganda poster, encouraging women to work in the Home Army during the First World War, for example by working in munitions factories to make grenades for soldiers to use. Date: 1914-1918

Background imageMunitions Collection: WW2 poster, Don t be fuel-ish

WW2 poster, Don t be fuel-ish
WW2 poster, The worker who left the lights on -- Don t be fuel-ish. Wasted electricity means less fuel to make the weapons we need for victory

Background imageMunitions Collection: Brimstone air-to-ground missile on a triple launcher

Brimstone air-to-ground missile on a triple launcher

Background imageMunitions Collection: A womens war workers football match in London, 1917

A womens war workers football match in London, 1917
The team of munitions night workers taking the field for a football match against the day shift women, in the London district. Date: 1917

Background imageMunitions Collection: David Lloyd George visiting Newport during WW1

David Lloyd George visiting Newport during WW1
David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor (1863-1945), British Liberal Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922. Seen here as Minister of Munitions, visiting Newport, Wales

Background imageMunitions Collection: Women of Britain - World War Two poster

Women of Britain - World War Two poster
World War Two poster encouraging the women of Britain to answer the call and go and work in the munitions factories

Background imageMunitions Collection: Female munitions workers. By Fortunio Matania

Female munitions workers. By Fortunio Matania
As it became clear there would be no decisive swift victory for either side in World War I, the constant demand for munitions increased

Background imageMunitions Collection: 8in. howitzer gun carriage on an Open B wagon at Swindon Works, c. 1914

8in. howitzer gun carriage on an Open B wagon at Swindon Works, c. 1914
This 8in. howitzer gun carriage was one of the first batch to be made at Swindon Works. It sits on an unfinished OPEN B wagon awaiting dispatch

Background imageMunitions Collection: Sterling Ladies munition workers football team, WW1

Sterling Ladies munition workers football team, WW1
The Sterling Ladies (munitioneers) football team, pictured having just defeated the Handley Page Ladies Football Club in a match at Cricklewood in 1918. Date: 1918

Background imageMunitions Collection: Women workers, World War I

Women workers, World War I
Women workers packing fuse heads in the Coventry Ordnance Works during World War I

Background imageMunitions Collection: Successful removal of an unexploded bomb in Hull, North England after the Second World

Successful removal of an unexploded bomb in Hull, North England after the Second World War. Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal pose with the weapon. Circa 1941

Background imageMunitions Collection: Discovery of an unexploded parachute mine in Hull after the Second World War

Discovery of an unexploded parachute mine in Hull after the Second World War. Navy and Army bomb disposal squads moving the parachute mine from the dredger to a waiting truck. May 1949

Background imageMunitions Collection: Lloyd Georges Munition Girls

Lloyd Georges Munition Girls
Front cover of a book describing womens experiences in a munitions factory during the First World War with a detailed account by an anonymous female shell-maker

Background imageMunitions Collection: Lady Constance Stewart-Richardson, WW1

Lady Constance Stewart-Richardson, WW1
Lady Constance Stewart-Richardson (1883-1932), daughter of the 2nd Earl of Cromartie, society figure, danced and promoter of the healthy benefits of exercise

Background imageMunitions Collection: Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks

Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College. Girl welder in the NYA (National Youth Administration) school

Background imageMunitions Collection: Birmingham factory worker Edith Hill of 74 Boulton Road, Handsworth

Birmingham factory worker Edith Hill of 74 Boulton Road, Handsworth, at work setting cutting tools for machines which bore Ant-Aircraft shells at a factory in the West Midlands during the Second

Background imageMunitions Collection: Lizzie the munition war-worker in Sheffield, WW1

Lizzie the munition war-worker in Sheffield, WW1
Unofficially connected with Mr. Lloyd Georges department! The elephant munition-worker at Sheffield. Lizzie, a circus elephant was a familiar but incongruous sight on the cobbled streets of Sheffield

Background imageMunitions Collection: British artillery men with shells, WW1

British artillery men with shells, WW1
British gunners posed with a large pile of 18 pr. field-gun shells which, according to The Sphere, " are to pound German trenches level with the earth." Date: 1916

Background imageMunitions Collection: David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister, WW1

David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister, WW1
David Lloyd George (1863-1945), British Prime Minister, with others during the First World War. The bearded man on the far left is Albert Thomas, French Minister for Munitions. Date: circa 1916

Background imageMunitions Collection: Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, David Lloyd George, General

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, David Lloyd George, General
A photograph of a meeting between political and military leaders of the Allies in France, 1916. The group includes Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig (1861-1928)

Background imageMunitions Collection: British Army Gunner S. R. Gosden of 67 Catherine Street, Reading

British Army Gunner S. R. Gosden of 67 Catherine Street, Reading
British Army Gunner S.R. Gosden of 67 Catherine Street, Reading, seen here in the back row of this group of Royal Artillery men in the Middle East during the Second World War. Circa 1942

Background imageMunitions Collection: Removal of of a 250 pound unexploded World War Two bomb at Fenners Works in Marfleet

Removal of of a 250 pound unexploded World War Two bomb at Fenners Works in Marfleet, East Yorkshire by Bomb Disposal experts of the Royal Engineers. Circa 1941

Background imageMunitions Collection: Discovery of a 500 pound unexploded American bomb in King George docks

Discovery of a 500 pound unexploded American bomb in King George docks, Hill after the Second World War. Bomb disposal squad clear the danger. April 1948

Background imageMunitions Collection: Members of the Bomb disposal squad measuring the length of a time delayed bomb taken

Members of the Bomb disposal squad measuring the length of a time delayed bomb taken from a shop in Brixton Hill, South London during the Second World War. Circa 1940

Background imageMunitions Collection: Mr. Lloyd George

Mr. Lloyd George
Photograph of David Lloyd George, created Minister for Munitions in 1915

Background imageMunitions Collection: David Lloyd George (1863-1945) Introducing the Munitions Bil

David Lloyd George (1863-1945) Introducing the Munitions Bil
Illustration showing David Lloyd George, 1st Earl Lloyd George of Dwyfor, then Minister of Munitions, delivering a speech to the House of Commons on the Munitions Bill

Background imageMunitions Collection: Female Munitions Workers

Female Munitions Workers
The Australian Premier, William Hughes, reviews female munitions workers at Cardiff, escorted by Phyllis Ayrton

Background imageMunitions Collection: Transfer of 8' shells, League Isl'd. 1913. Creator: Bain News Service

Transfer of 8" shells, League Isl'd. 1913. Creator: Bain News Service
Transfer of 8" shells, League Isl'd. 1913. Shows armored cruiser USS Brooklyn (CA-3) at League Island, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, PA, in Feb

Background imageMunitions Collection: Villa & staff, Mexico, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Villa & staff, Mexico, between c1910 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Villa & staff, Mexico, between c1910 and c1915. Shows Francisco "Pancho" Villa (at the "X"), Calixto Contreras (4th from left) and Fidel Avila (3rd from right)

Background imageMunitions Collection: Illustrations of the War in Denmark: interior of No. 4 Redoubt at Düppel, 1864. Creator: Unknown

Illustrations of the War in Denmark: interior of No. 4 Redoubt at Düppel, 1864. Creator: Unknown
Illustrations of the War in Denmark: interior of No. 4 Redoubt at Duppel, 1864. Engraving...from a sketch by our Special Artist...[showing] the aspect of Duppel since the storm of war has swept over

Background imageMunitions Collection: The War in Schleswig: Prussian ammunition-train entering Flensburg - by our special artist, 1864

The War in Schleswig: Prussian ammunition-train entering Flensburg - by our special artist, 1864. Creator: Unknown
The War in Schleswig: Prussian ammunition-train entering Flensburg - from a sketch by our special artist, 1864....the Prussians...have brought up heavy siege-guns and trains of ammunition

Background imageMunitions Collection: Macaw B railway wagon No. 84350 loaded with gun carriages at Swindon Works, c. 1915

Macaw B railway wagon No. 84350 loaded with gun carriages at Swindon Works, c. 1915
Macaw B railway wagon No. 84350 has been photographed here loaded with 2 gun carriages awaiting dispatch from Swindon Works

Background imageMunitions Collection: Naval guns at Swindon Works, alongside Star Class locomotive, no. 4013 Knight of St Patrick, c. 1915

Naval guns at Swindon Works, alongside Star Class locomotive, no. 4013 Knight of St Patrick, c. 1915
A view of four naval guns at Swindon works, positioned with Star Class locomotive, no. 4013 Knight of St Patrick on show on the turntable. This is very much a publicity photograph for the GWR

Background imageMunitions Collection: Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels, Exhibit of Unexploded American Munitions

Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City, Cu Chi Tunnels, Exhibit of Unexploded American Munitions

Background imageMunitions Collection: The hall of the million shells, illustration from The Western Front, pub

The hall of the million shells, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho)
STC400451 The hall of the million shells, illustration from The Western Front, pub. by Country Life Ltd, 1917 (litho) by Bone, David Muirhead (1876-1953); Private Collection; The Stapleton Collection

Background imageMunitions Collection: Boer War 25 December 1901 (print)

Boer War 25 December 1901 (print)
533165 Boer War 25 December 1901 (print); (add.info.: Boer War: Boer forces under General Dewet surprising encampment of British soldiers at Tweefontein, 25 December 1901)

Background imageMunitions Collection: Method of laying an artillery piece on target using Gunner's scale, paths of trajectories

Method of laying an artillery piece on target using Gunner's scale, paths of trajectories
541539 Method of laying an artillery piece on target using Gunner's scale, paths of trajectories and various ammunition shown. 18th century (engraving); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageMunitions Collection: Trophies, Place de la Concorde, 1918 or 1919. Creator: Bain News Service

Trophies, Place de la Concorde, 1918 or 1919. Creator: Bain News Service
Trophies, Place de la Concorde, 1918 or 1919. Cannons and other weapons gathered in the Place de la Concorde, Paris, France after World War I

Background imageMunitions Collection: French Reserve shells, between c1915 and 1918. Creator: Bain News Service

French Reserve shells, between c1915 and 1918. Creator: Bain News Service
French Reserve shells, between c1915 and 1918. Stacks of French artillery shells during World War I

Background imageMunitions Collection: British loading pontoon boats with ammunition, 22 Apr 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

British loading pontoon boats with ammunition, 22 Apr 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
British loading pontoon boats with ammunition, 22 Apr 1917. British Royal Artillery gunners loading pontoon boats on the River Scarpe with shells near a light railway engine passing on the line near

Background imageMunitions Collection: English women finishing a 9.2 shell, between c1915 and 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

English women finishing a 9.2 shell, between c1915 and 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
English women finishing a 9.2 shell, between c1915 and 1917. Women workers inspecting 9.2 explosive shells in a factory during World War I

Background imageMunitions Collection: L.C.C. Tech Institute, Munitions Class, May 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

L.C.C. Tech Institute, Munitions Class, May 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
L.C.C. Tech Institute, Munitions Class, May 1917. A woman receiving training in machine work in a munitions class offered by the London County Council in May 1917 during World War I, England

Background imageMunitions Collection: London Common Council Tech. Lessons in Tracing, May 1917. Creator: Bain News Service

London Common Council Tech. Lessons in Tracing, May 1917. Creator: Bain News Service
London Common Council Tech. Lessons in Tracing, May 1917. Women receiving training in machine work in a munitions class offered by the London County Council in May 1917 during World War I

Background imageMunitions Collection: German Battery in Galicia, between 1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

German Battery in Galicia, between 1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
German Battery in Galicia, between 1914 and c1915. German soldiers with gun battery in Galicia (Eastern Europe) during World War I

Background imageMunitions Collection: German ammunition abandoned at Battle of the Marne, 10/29/14, 29 Oct 1914

German ammunition abandoned at Battle of the Marne, 10/29/14, 29 Oct 1914. Creator: Bain News Service
German ammunition abandoned at Battle of the Marne, 10/29/14, 29 Oct 1914 (date created or published later). A man and woman looking at artillery shells on the ground in France

Background imageMunitions Collection: Working German gun against Russians, between 1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service

Working German gun against Russians, between 1914 and c1915. Creator: Bain News Service
Working German gun against Russians, between 1914 and c1915. German soldiers with machine gun during World War I

Background imageMunitions Collection: U.S.S. Richmond, church services, between 1890 and 1901. Creator: Unknown

U.S.S. Richmond, church services, between 1890 and 1901. Creator: Unknown
U.S.S. Richmond, church services, between 1890 and 1901



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"Munitions: Unveiling the Hidden Heroes of War" A glimpse into history: A German propaganda poster from WW1 showcases the power in shaping the outcome of battles. Breaking barriers: In 1917, a women's war workers football match in London defied gender norms, highlighting their crucial role in munitions production during WW1. Honoring dedication: David Lloyd George's visit to Newport during WW1 acknowledges the immense contribution of munition workers towards victory on the frontlines. Mobilizing strength: The iconic "Women of Britain" World War Two poster encourages women to join the workforce and support munitions production for national defense. Capturing resilience: Fortunio Matania's artwork immortalizes female munition workers, showcasing their determination and sacrifice during times of conflict. Advancing firepower: Witness the formidable Brimstone air-to-ground missile mounted on a triple launcher, exemplifying technological advancements in modern-day munitions. Engineering excellence: Swindon Works' 8in howitzer gun carriage on an Open B wagon stands as a testament to British craftsmanship during WW1. Recognizing valor: Women receive well-deserved honors for their unwavering commitment as they stepped up to fill vital roles within the munitions industry during WW1. Fueling victory responsibly: A poignant WWII poster reminds citizens not to waste precious resources with its clever slogan - "Don't be fuel-ish. " Empowering women through work: Known as "Lloyd George's Munition Girls, " these brave individuals played an instrumental role in supporting Britain's war efforts during WW1. Noble service by Lady Constance Stewart-Richardson shines light upon influential figures who championed women's involvement in wartime industries during WW1. Sterling Ladies rise above adversity as they form a remarkable all-female football team amidst the chaos of WW1, showcasing their resilience and unity in munitions factories.