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Official History of the Ministry of Munitions Volume V: Wages and Welfare

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Volume V of XII.

The foundation of the Munitions Ministry was a revolutionary step, coinciding with the 'shells scandal' in which the failure of a series of British attacks: Neuve Chapelle, Aubers Ridge, Festubert and Loos - was blamed on inadequate supplies of munitions. A press outcry was followed by questions in Parliament which threatened to bring down the Government. The Ministry was set up in response. Previously, the War Office had been responsible for designing, ordering and inspecting ammunition factories and stores. But a year of war on a scale never foreseen, the creation of armies larger than ever contemplated, and the demand for unprecedented quantities of matériel showed the absolute necessity of providing centralised direction of mass war production. The Great War completely upset normal industrial conditions. Preparing this history of the Ministry of Munitions was started during the War itself. It was felt that consulting the officials concerned whilst they were still in post was vital, particularly as many such posts were temporary, and while the questions with which the history would deal were vividly present in their minds.

Volume V concerns:
* Control of Men's Wages
* Control of Women's Wages
* Welfare: The Control of Working Conditions
* The Provision of Canteens
* Provision for the Housing of Munition Workers

Keywords: imperial war museum, history, war, reference, research, military, first world war, world war one, wwi, ministry of munitions, british, uk, english, england, britain, wages, welfare, provisions

Author(s)
Publisher
Andrews UK
Publication year
2012
Language
en
Edition
1
Series
Official History of the Ministry of Munitions
Page amount
813 pages
Category
History
Format
Ebook
eISBN (PDF)
9781781494073
Printed ISBN
9781847348791

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