MINING: Report on Metals

In the history of World War II, July 1942 will be marked as a tragic month: U.S. war production tsars ran out of raw materials just when they had finally begun to answer the two-year-old question of what raw-material needs really were. Up to July there were shortages all over the place, but they were mostly regarded as individual bottlenecks, to be broken by separate emergency means. By July—the first month when almost all U.S. war industry was forced to submit quarterly estimates of all requirements—the individual bottlenecks had merged into a choking...

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