The story of the Bevin Boys miners has been largely untold; those many men who spent their war on the so-called 'underground front' went unrecognized for almost half a century.
When Britain declared war in 1939, thousands of experienced miners left the mines to join the armed services or transfer to higher-paid 'war industries'. By the summer of 1943 over 36,000 men had left the coal industry. The British government decided that it needed around 40,000 men to take their places.
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Collection of badges and a 'Women for Peace' sash
Image of the Western Front in 1914
Pension award document, August 1944
post card of WAAC 1918
Llandow airfield, 1946
Ynyslas Rocket Firing Test Track, September 1951
Morwenna Evans in RAF uniform
Extract from the book 'Doodlebugs and Rockets'
Photo of Private Frederick Charles Vivian
Canadian Pacific Liner, 'The Duchess of Richmond'
© Casgliad y Werin Cymru, The People's Collection Wales 2011
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