When V-E Day Comes

Since the overoptimistic plans made after the U.S. Army's dash to Paris, Home Front Czar Jimmy Byrnes has determinedly kept the lid on talk of reconversion after V-E day. But last week, as U.S. soldiers whisked across the Rhine, the lid popped off. Out boiled a spate of reports that simmered down to one fact: if the war in Europe should end soon, reconversion would be confusion.

One reason was that when Jimmy Byrnes scotched all reconversion talk, he also scotched a lot of reconversion planning. Today the War Production Board is still in the dark about how many and...

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