Workers' control and D-Day

Posted in Bruce's blog on Tue, 28/11/2006 - 19:56,

Last night my father told me a story I had never heard before which I would certainly like to know more about. He was talking about his brother-in-law, who at the start of WW2 was in the fire service but was then called up and put as a Lieutenant in an unit designated as part of the Royal Engineers who worked on the Mulberry harbours which were moored off the coast of Normandy and served as the means to get supplies across.

He said that dockers were conscripted into this unit before D Day, presumably to load / unload material. Apparently - and this is the amazing bit - they would only take orders directly from their shop stewards - also conscripted - who had all to be given the rank of sergeant and acted as intermediaries between the men and the officers.

Does anyone know if there is any other information to confirm this?

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