U.S. At War: Things to Come

Fred Vinson's 8,000-word report to President Truman was titled: "The War—Phase Two." Said Vinson: "The paramount command is: win the war! Victory over Japan comes ahead of every other consideration.'' Then he drew a picture of what U.S. civilians may expect as America's full weight is thrown to the west:

Food. Rationing must continue. Total food supplies are expected to be 5 to 10% less than last year; total requirements, 5 to 10% greater. Meat is the most serious shortage, sugar next; oils, butter and other fats will be scarce.

Housing. Home-building is under way on a limited scale only where manpower and...

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