One of these forgotten "backroom boys" was Raymond Redd, author of this diary. During WWII Ray worked on developing missiles and ammunition in a top-secret establishment at Aberporth, West Wales. His diary for 1944-45 begins with technical notes, then expands into work stresses, personal problems, and the challenges of life during wartime. We read of design struggles, clashes of character, and even the trials of transport to work.
At his home in nearby St Dogmaels, Ray was also busy "digging for victory" in his garden, despite the depredations of birds, pests and local youngsters. His notes on wartime home life and village friendships provide a vivid picture of a nation pulling together - harmoniously or otherwise - in the long battle against Nazi dictatorship.
Private diaries are increasingly recognised as a valuable historical resource for social research. A diary such as Raymond Redd's can offer much first-hand evidence on cultural attitudes, living conditions, questions of personal and group identity, and the changing everyday activities of personal life. This book offers much for study. Its notes and comments should be considered in the context of their times, but interpreting such evidence allows fresh examination of social phenomena particularly under wartime stress.
Above all, the human story of workplace and home at the end of World War II is illuminated by the hundreds of personal thoughts and incidents recorded in this diary.
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