Biggest Gain

U.S. war production climbed another high plateau. Happily, WPBoss Donald Nelson summed up October:

> Overall output scored its biggest monthly gain since April; 5% over September.

>Aircraft was up 10% in number and value. A heartening 8,362 planes rolled off. (One year's production at this rate would be more than 100,000 planes.)

> Ammunition up 11%; ships up 5%; communications equipment (including radar) up 9%.

>Down 11% (according to plan) were combat vehicles, mostly tanks. Reasons: changed battle emphasis.

Perhaps the figures showed that "complacency" was not stunting production growth. Even more, they showed...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!