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- Ken Smith is author of the book "Ajax: The War Years. 1939-1945". He describes the importance of the work done by the women at Defence Industries Limited.
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The people did it so willingly and the women particularly. You would see that boardwalk just full of people going to work in their coveralls, and the bulk of them would be women. The bulk of the people who did the work in Ajax were women. The men made the decisions and they managed the place and they did the heavy work and some of the most dangerous work around the amatol and TNT, but the women were the ones who did the important work of shell filling. They poured the TNT and the amatol and measured the powder into the caps and detenators and pressed it there and some of them lost fingers over it and some of them still have pieces of copper in their abdomen from explosions. It was a quite an interesting time and everybody was working for the war effort. Get the job over with. Get it finished. Get the boys home. That was the feeling that was among the workers at that time.