PRODUCTION Powder, Shot & Shell

One of the three big deficiencies shown up by the Louisiana maneuvers (TIME, Oct. 13) was the shortage of blank ammunition.* Who was to blame? Responsible for supplying the Army with shot & shell (real and blank) is the Ordnance Department. But in this case Ordnance was taking no blame for being behindhand.

Ordnance had set its sights high, year and a half ago asked for a staggering $11,000,000,000 to give the U.S. and allies a wartime supply of munitions—powder, explosives, ammunition, tanks, guns, etc. It got a lot less. Franklin Roosevelt cut four billion off the estimate and Congress...

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