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    BBC Lost Films of WW2

    Afternoon all,

    I was watching with fascination the first part of a new BBC series featuring Lost films of WW2.

    One short clip featured a factory in the Midlands making No4 woodwork.

    I took particular interest in the lady hammering on the metal end caps with some gusto ... I guess I can thank her for the vertical split (through the barrel ledge) in the forend on my No4!
    (Only joking, I thank them all for their war service)

    One short clip of particular interest was a guy fitting new woodwork to a P14, I don't believe I have ever seen a P14 with replacement WW2 woodwork ... Always something new to learn....
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    It would be great if they have the lost reels of film taken from Utah beach during D-Day .
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    One short clip featured a factory in the Midlands making No4 woodwork.
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    I took particular interest in the lady hammering on the metal end caps with some gusto .
    Many years ago when I first started work in the metalworking industry, more than half of my co-workers were female, employed as "operators". This was because there were still many manual and repetitive operations and processes requiring an operator to manually carry-out such as to operate a fly press, to punch a single hole, for example. These manual process could last for an extended length of time such as a couple of weeks or longer. In my experience, ladies, generally, tend to be much better at repetitive type work than men and can stay focused on the job in hand better than men, generally. Ladies also tend to be better than men at small and delicate type work because, generally they have smaller hands than men. Quite a few of the female operators smoked which was allowed back then and some of the ladies were also chain smokers. If you had to do a job next to one of these chain smokers it wasn't exactly pleasant if the smoke was blowing in your direction but you couldn't really do anything about it.


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