" Contribution to Victory "
was produced and published by the Associated Equipment Co. Ltd. (later to become AEC Ltd.) to
commemorate the achievements of the Company and its Workforce during the Second World War.
This large format paper-backed book was produced around 1947, when copies were given to all employees.
It is believed that many copies survive, with some now having been passed on to later generations. From the
Roll of Honour on this website we see that a copy given to Frank Poole, an engineer in the Experimental
Department who had worked on the development of flame-thrower and flail tanks, but who emigrated to
Australia in 1948, has since been donated by his son to the Australian War Museum.
We have also received requests from ex-employees' families seeking copies, in one case because a loved
one appears in it.
Since such interest still surrounds the book, its 120-plus pages have been copied to this AEC Society website
for those who continue to have a lively interest in AEC, despite the factory itself having ceased all production in 1979.
The copy shown and used here was given to a fifteen year-old lad starting with the company as a Trade Apprentice in April 1949, and is still kept by him.
The book also has an aerial view of the A.E.C. Southall Works as a tailpiece, spread over
pages 121 and 122, which is accessible as a link from page 120 and from here.