Canada: Just in Case

While Canada's UNO delegates planned for peace in London, Reconstruction Minister Clarence Decatur Howe made a cautious hedge in Ottawa. Against the possibility that Canada might be caught short again as she was in 1939 (when tank regiments went overseas minus tanks), he added what he called "a fourth service" to the armed forces. Its title: Canadian Arsenals, Ltd.

The new crown company's job is to keep Canada's peacetime forces equipped, from key munitions plants, with the latest in arms—and to make sure that civilian plants (autos, refrigerators, etc.) are ready to convert to war production "within a matter of weeks instead...

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