Detail: Newspaper article about Broadheath during the Second World War. Trafford Local Studies Collection, cat. ref. LHC/616/4. 

During this time Linotype production was purely for military purposes. 

‘Over one and a half million complete units and parts of howitzers, tank and anti-tank guns, Bren guns, Bofors, Browning guns, twin anti-aircraft guns, aeroplanes and armoured fighting vehicles were manufactured. Over 1,000 people, mainly women and girls, were intensively trained to replace the men going into the forces.’

- Frank Bamford, Broadheath, 1885-1985, A Century of Industry (1995)

Most of the very large profits that Linotype made out of wartime production were remitted to the American owners.