ALLOCATIONS: Master Planner's Plan

This week, just six weeks to the day after he moved in as master planner for the War Production Board, Ferdinand Eberstadt produced a master plan to get scarce materials to the right war factories in the right quantities at the right time.

As everyone had expected (TIME, Oct. 5) the new "Controlled Materials Plan" was in essence a scheme for vertical allocations—in contrast to the horizontal every-producer-for-himself setup that finally strangled its predecessor, the unlamented Production Requirements Plan ("Purp") in its own red tape. From top to bottom, the Controlled Materials Plan...

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