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Defence Industries Limited


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Ken Smith discusses morale at Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Ken Smith, author of "Ajax: The War Years 1939-1945" discusses morale, camaraderie and the purpose for Defence Industries Limited in Ajax.
Alex Russell describes how the Town of Ajax got its name (audio only). 
Video    Alex Russell was personnel manager for Defence Industries Limited. He discusses how the name "Ajax" was chosen.
Louise Johnson describes her firing from Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Louise Johnson arrived at Defence Industries Limited from Saskatchewan. She describes what happened as D.I.L. was winding down, and how she "typed up her own quit slip".
Ken Smith's thoughts on the legacy of Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Ken Smith, author of "Ajax: The War Years 1939-1945" discusses how everybody worked as a team at Defence Industries Limited.
Kelly Bowen discusses security at Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Kelly Bowan worked at Defence Industries Limited. She describes what the security was like at the plant.
Alex Russell discusses the creation of Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Alex Russell was personnel manager at Defence Industries Limited. He describes the circumstances surrounding the birth of D.I.L.
Ken Smith discusses cattle cars at Defence Industries Limited. 
Video    Ken Smith authored the book "Ajax: The War Years 1939-1945. He describes the conditions of the "cattle cars" that workers of Defence Industries Limited used to commute to work each day.
Change of shifts at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Thousands of war workers catching home-bound buses. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Wartime homes built for Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Video of carpenters putting up prefabricated homes for the workers of Defence Industries Limited. Homes indluced modern conveniences for that time, and the rent for D.I.L. employees was $25 per month. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto,...
Off to work at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Video of a Defence Industries Limited worker's wife packing a lunch box, and saying goodbye to her husband as he leaves for the munitions plant. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Bofors anti-aircraft gun at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Video of operators testing the completed Bofors anti-aircraft gun. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Recreation at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Management's efforts to provide all D.I.L. employees with facilities for recreation. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Relaxation at Defence Industries Limited. (no audio) 
Video    Management's efforts to provide all D.I.L. employees with facilities for relaxation. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Art McCartney discusses procedures at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Art McCartney was a foreman at Defence Industries Limited. He descusses some of the plant rules that employees must follow.
Employees of the Pickering Shell-filling plant in 1941. (no audio) 
Video  1941  Video of the Pickering shell-filling plant employees in 1941. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Art McCartney discusses wages at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Art McCartney was a foreman at Defence Industries Limited. He discusses wages in the D.I.L. era, as well as promotions and raises at the plant.
Art McCartney discusses security at Defence Industries Limited (audio only) 
Video    Art McCartney was a foreman at Defence Industries Limited. He describes what security was like at the beginning of the D.I.L. era.
Inside the Defence Industries Limited plant 1 (no audio) 
Video    Video of D.I.L. workers completing the turning and finishing of 25 pound shells. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Inside the Defence Industries Limited plant 6 (no audio) 
Video    Video of D.I.L. workers completing the turning and finishing of 25 pound shells. Video courtesy of the Public Relations Department of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. Limited. Toronto, Canada.
Ken Smith discusses safety at Defence Industries Limited 
Video    Ken Smith describes how lives were saved because of the priority put on safety in the D.I.L. plant.
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