|Ministry of Home Security volunteer dispatch riders mounted on Royal Enfield motorcycles.|
Royal Enfield enthusiast Simon Taylor of the UK recently purchased a copy of this rarely seen publication for what he describes as a "shed load" of money.
He was so impressed with it that he has made it available as a pdf file you are free to download from the Internet.
|Royal Enfield motorcycles were proud to serve.|
Simon is known as "Scaleyback" in online forums devoted to Royal Enfield. He posted the link on as many of those forums as he could.
The book "details their achievements in engineering, tells of going underground at Westwood quarry to escape the attentions of the Luftwaffe, shows production techniques, staff housing and welfare, along with the many specialised products that were manufactured to help Britain’s war effort," Simon wrote.
|"Made Like A Gun" on the cover.|
"Copies of this book were given away with the company's compliments, and although I have no idea how many were made or who the recipients were, they are very scarce on the ground today."
Noteworthy is the book's exhaustive list of Royal Enfield wartime products. You will be amazed.
But more touching are the human notes in the book: that "girls" formed a major part of the wartime work force, for instance.
The book boasts that the main factory at Redditch supplied its own company of the 9th Battalion (Worcester) Home Guard, and a Works Fire Brigade of 75 members.
Here's one (of many) amusing notes in the book: Royal Enfield was pleased that its lawn mower production, mothballed during the war, would soon resume. It expected that the mowers, although "of the same basic design" as the pre-war models, would nonetheless be improved "as a result of experience in the manufacture of two-stroke engines for the Airborne Forces..."
Well. They were entitled to dream of a comfortable business selling lawn care equipment for the green fields of a world at peace. They'd earned that much.