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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