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Machine Gun Factory

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Established by the Ministry of Munitions at Burton on Trent

1917 A specially convened sub-committee of the Munitions Council decided that machine gun production was inadequate for the probable requirements of 1918 and a new factory would be required. A site was chosen at Burton-on-Trent. The aim was to produce 400 machine guns per week but factory construction was still underway at the time of the Armistice. Brick and steel-framed buildings were erected. Consideration was briefly given to keeping the site for machine gun repair or for future manufacture but this proved impractical and the site was sold off.[1]

Constructed: 1917

First output: 1919

Purpose: Repairing machine guns

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Sources of Information

  1. First World War National Factories; English Heritage
  • Ministry of Munitions [1]