The Shrink in Wool

One quick glance at the Army's new demands for warm clothing and blankets, along with tires (see below), convinced the War Production Board of the need for drastic action. Last week WPB ordered textile mills to set aside for the Army and essential civilian use all worsted yarns (for gabardines, twills, etc.) produced after Jan 14. Soon, WPB is expected to order 50 to 60% of all woolens set aside for the military.

The reasons why the Army had to revise its requirements sharply upward:

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