Bomb Girls

Bomb Girls

Trading Aprons for Ammo

Book - 2015
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Gives a rare account of life in Canada's largest Second World War munitions facility, built and managed by General Engineering Company Ltd. Located on 346 acres in Scarborough, Ontario, GECO hired over twenty-one thousand employees — predominantly women — who risked life and limb handling high explosives daily.
2016 Speaker's Book Award — Shortlisted
2016 Heritage Toronto Book Award — Nominated

An account of the women working in high-security, dangerous conditions making bombs in Toronto during the Second World War.

What was it like to work in a Canadian Second World War munitions factory? What were working conditions like? Did anyone die? Just how closely did female employees embody the image of “Rosie the Riveter” so popularly advertised to promote factory work in war propaganda posters? How closely does the recent TV show, Bomb Girls, resemble the actual historical record of the day-to-day lives of bomb-making employees?

Bomb Girls delivers a dramatic, personal, and detailed review of Canada’s largest fuse-filling munitions factory, situated in Scarborough, Ontario. First-hand accounts, technical records, photographic evidence, business documentation, and site maps all come together to offer a rare, complete account into the lives of over twenty-one thousand brave men and women who risked their lives daily while handling high explosives in a dedicated effort to help win the war.

Publisher: Toronto :, Dundurn Press,, [2015]
Description: 286 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781459731172
Branch Call Number: 940.53082 Dic


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Mar 10, 2016

Rare look on the home front in Canada mostly on the ladies. There some mention on the men including World War I veterans as security guards, mechanic who made Blue goose limo & GECO Canada owners. I never knew the brothers were in the mining business. Book focused on the Scarbourough factory.

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