Marshalls during World War 2

With the upcoming 75th anniversaries of the end of World War 2 and the introduction of the first production Field Marshalls, I thought that it might be a good idea to highlight what happened during the war years at Marshall’s, leading up to the birth of the Field Marshall.

   Joint Managing Directors, Ashley Ward, and Mark Burton were summoned by the Admiralty within days of the outbreak of World War 2. The Admiralty requested that no more orders should be accepted for Marshall’s peacetime products and that the company should build a steel foundry. After much deliberation the directors agreed to only accept orders for boilers, fabrication work, ferrous and non-ferrous castings, Smithy work and thrashing machines. Within a few months, the company’s order book stood at over £1 million, of which the government contracts amounted to £843,000.

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Marshall History Pt.2 Britannia News 1958

Our readers will recall that in our last issue we covered the history of the Company from its inception by William Marshall in the year 1848 until his death in the year 1862, when his sons, James and Henry Marshall, assumed control.

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A Question of Originality

One of the most argued subjects around the rally field is the originality of a tractor, and one of the worst tractors to be chopped and changed in its time was the Marshall, so when restoring a tractor how far do you go, with originality, that is.

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Marshall History Pt.1 Britannia News 1958

The following is taken from the works newsletter ‘Britannia News Vol.1 No.1’ dated February 1958 with images courtesy of the Gainsborough Heritage Centre and additional notes by their Chairman Andrew Birkitt.

It is thought that there are many comparatively new employees of the Company who know very little about its early history and associations, and it is intended to supply this information, in suitable instalments, in the pages of this journal.

The records have been examined with this object in view, and this month we shall cover the years 1848 to 1862.

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