Preserving the History of World War II
|Eldred World War II Museum
Copyright © 2007. Joseph Bradley. All Rights Reserved.
Address: 201 Main Street P.O. Box 273 Eldred, PA 16731 | Phone: 814-225-2220
The National Munitions Company was a munitions plant based in Eldred, Pa.
from 1941 to 1945. Eldred was selected as the site for the munitions plant
due to its' secluded location, terrain that served as natural defenses,
having a local population with experience in explosives and close proximity
to a railroad line.
The plant was originally established under British control. George
Roudebush, a lawyer from Ohio, and a Canadian General were charged with
the task of finding an ideal location in North America to produce munitions
for the British fighting force, as Britain was facing an aerial onslaught at the
hands of Nazi Germany.
The Eldred World War II Museum
After Pearl Harbor, the plant began to produce munitions for the American fighting force as well. The National
Munitions Company employed 1,500, 95% of which were women. The Town of Eldred itself had a population of roughly
850 at the time.
Some 8 million devices of munitions were produced by the National Munitions Company.