But even in the darkest of moments, there remained a sense of workforce camaraderie.
“When we were on nights they used to say ‘Come on Lou, get us started singing’,” said Louisa Jacobs, 94.
“We would sing from night to the early hours of the morning. It kept us going because we didn’t realise the danger we were working in.”
Fellow Rotherwas worker, Amy Hicks, added: “We would be singing, even when the bombs fell.”
And fall they did. In 1942, the Rotherwas factory was attacked by the Luftwaffe, which dropped a pair of 250kg bombs on the 300-acre site.
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