Veteran Stories:
Mary Mouti

Civilian

  • Women workers at Small Arms Limited, Long Branch, Ontario, 1942.

    National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / Library and Archives Canada / C-023699 Restrictions on use: Nil Copyright: Expired
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"You know, I think in the days when you’re young, you think differently. You don’t know how bad that war was and how many people were killed. But now that I’m old I realize what the guns can do."

Transcript

I heard a man once say that we, the women, were the ones that fought the war, like because we went and did men's jobs at that time, because you would never get women doing this if there wasn't a war going on.

Oh, there were a lot of men working there.  The ones that worked around us girls, it was great.  They did their job, we did ours.  As a matter of fact, I remember one year they had hockey players.  These boys didn’t make the money that they make today playing hockey.  They got part-time work, and I was working with a few – Joe Primeau; they were Maple Leaf players.  They were working with me in the factory.  They were examining the guns.

My God, look at this!  I can’t believe it.  You know, I think in the days when you’re young, you think differently.  You don’t know how bad that war was and how many people were killed.  But now that I’m old I realize what the guns can do.  I was always afraid of guns after I worked there.  I really was.  It bothered me if I saw just the small hand gun on TV or something.  It used to really bother me because they can do so much harm.

There were a few boys from my town that were killed.  They were friends of my brother’s.  What can you do?

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