A Forgotten Army

The Female Munitions Workers of South Wales, 1939-1945

Author(s): Mari A. Williams

Language: English

Genre(s): Gender Studies History Welsh Interest

Series: Studies in Welsh History

  • February 2002 · 392pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Hardback - 9780708317266

About The Book

“A Forgotten Army” reconstructs the experiences of Welsh women who undertook essential munitions work during World War II. The events of wartime are placed against the background of the wider Welsh social, economic and cultural context.


'This excellent book is the latest offering in the University of Wales Press's splendid series Studies in Welsh History. This press has recently entered a notable period of reinvigoration, during which a wealth of new historical studies have been published. This flurry of activity must surely place it at the forefront of academic presses ... This fascinating book explains how the war, an event that is traditionally regarded as the preserve of macho posturing and male heroism, also offered opportunities for the advancement and liberation of women. Despite contemporary insistence that these were special, temporary measures for desperate times, things had changed terribly and utterly, and would never be the same again.' www gwales.com

'... This book is especially valuable because it is sensitively attuned to the distinctive context of industrial South Wales as well as contributing to a wider understanding of women's history in twentieth century Britain ... this is a clearly articulated and important book which deserves to be widely read ...' (Welsh History Review)

About the Author(s)

Mari A. Williams

Mari A. Williams was formerly a Research Fellow and Project Leader at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies, Aberystwyth. She currently works as a translator.

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