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Delta throwback: Burns Bog's important role in WW2

The peat from Burns Bog was sent in large quantities to the U.S. by rail for processing
More than 100,000 bales of peat from Burns Bog were shipped to a magnesium production plant in Nevada during WW2. Several companies mined the peat.

Let's do a throwback and head back to The Second World War.

The peat mining operation in Burns Bog was an important and highly secret operation that helped the allies.

The process of smelting magnesium safely and inexpensively for use in artillery shells required peat.

At one time, several thousand people were employed to mine the bog for peat, after which it was shipped to Nevada to create the shells.

The ammunition was then distributed throughout the entire allied force during the war.