U.S. At War: Crisis--New Style

The warring U.S. faced a new kind of crisis. It was not one of shortages, as in 1941, or one of bottlenecks, as in 1942. It was rather that the U.S. war machine had been caught off balance.

The crisis was well illustrated by what had happened in the tiny town of Rosemont, near Minneapolis. There, in the expanding days of 1942, the 21,000-acre Gopher Ordnance Works—a typical example of the cornfield-to-factory projects which sprang up all over the U.S.—was built to manufacture powder. Then, for almost two years, the plant stood idle; and...

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