Marching Orders

The mighty U.S. productive machine began to get its marching orders last week. The aircraft industry was asked to cancel all vacations (see Aviation), stand by for a possible $1.5 billion in orders as soon as Congress acts on President Truman's $10 billion war fund. The electronics industry got word of a forthcoming $500 million order for radar and other military parts, which would soon force some cutbacks in television and radio production. To meet the desperate need for tanks, the Army notified General Motors' Cadillac division to get ready to turn them out.

For the auto industry, this did...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

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