The Home Front

Without the helping hands of 60 million Americans in factories and farms back home, there would have been no D-day, no march toward Berlin and no victory

88,410 heavy, medium and light tanks

469,000,000 lbs. of cabbage

6,552,290 rifles

15,603,000 shaving brushes

The astonishing materials of war. To save a Europe that had lost virtually its entire industrial capacity to the Germans, and to carry the war to Japan, the U.S. turned on a great gusher that armed and propelled Allied forces back onto the Continent. Without that, there would have been no D-day, no march toward Berlin, no victory of any kind. "The American war-production job was probably the greatest collective achievement of all time," said Donald Nelson, chairman of the War Production Board from 1942 to...

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