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The Second World War caused a major skills shortage at Geevor, as men went to fight overseas.

The demand for tin was high as supplies from other countries, particularly Malaya, were cut off.An attempt to help with the shortage of workers during the war came in 1943.     Geevor applied for and was allocated Italian prisoners of war to work. As they were not allowed to be out after dark, there were some initial problems in allocating them to shift work, but it proved successful. Women were also brought in to work above ground. By 1945 tin production had dropped significantly. More miners were needed and Geevor recruited in Europe. Some of the Italian workers remained at Geevor after the war and in the post-war era the mine actively recruited in Italy.

 

Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Mike Muicci held by the Geevor Archive

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