War Footing

It is essential that our procurement be put into the highest gear at once . . . employes must make their maximum effort regardless of the long hours of hardship endured . . . production must be put on a 24-hour-a-day basis.—Under Secretary of War Robert Patterson.

We no longer are engaged in a defense program. We have but one goal and that is a military victory.—SPAB Director Donald Nelson.

When the shooting began in earnest, the U.S. economy took stock to find out just how far from a real war footing it was.


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