U.S. At War: Happy Days in WPB

The War Production Board offices, where gloom has often been thick enough to cut with a machine tool, were aglow last week with broad smiles, good digestions, men humming in the halls.

Seven months—and some new men—had made a startling difference. In May, WPB had been forced to cancel war contracts right & left: the planning had got out of hand, the program was overexpanded, raw-material supply was in a black mess. WPB and the Army were in a knock-down fight for authority.

Last week WPB again began to cancel contracts—with a difference. This...

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