PRODUCTION: Shot & Shell

At the end of World War I, even stay-at-home U. S. citizens could see for themselves that war is wasteful business. The evidences were all around them: great stocks of airplanes, deserted cantonments, warehouses full of equipment that only the cut-rate dealer or the junkman wanted. Of all these white war elephants, none looked bigger than the 53 new powder and shell-loading plants built between April 1917 and Armistice Day, at a cost of $360,000,000. On Nov. 11, 1918. the U. S. was the world's No. 1 producer of explosives (86,663,000 lb. in three months). Thereafter the U....

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