Luftwaffe & RAF
People who work in a dangerous
job often become complacent about the danger of their environment believing
that they are somehow protected from injury. It would have only taken a small
raid and a few well placed bombs on to the ROF Factories and Bridgend would
have been wiped off the map. But many local people believed that the factories
were hidden from the air due to a constant early morning and late evening mist
which hangs over the surrounding area.
After the war, a Bridgend RAF man studied the Luftwaffe air reconnaissance mosaics taken over Britain and came across a perfectly clear photo of the area taken on the 24th August 1940. The photo was so clear that it shows a complete layout of the factory and part of the town of Bridgend and clearly states, in German at the top of the photo Staatliche Munitionsfabrik - National Ammunitions Factory !
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22nd July 1940
Luftwaffe Photo of Bridgend
24th August 1940
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Bridgend Town Area
& Island Farm POW Camp
Shells, were filled here and stored in large underground bunkers.