Army & Navy - MANPOWER: One Out of Every Three

Determined on total war, the U.S. had scarcely begun to use its greatest resource: manpower.

Estimates of the country's potentially effective labor force reached 71,700,000—except for Russia, the greatest pool of industrial manpower in the world. But to win its war the U.S. must shake society to its depths. How deep is still guesswork. The Wall Street Journal judicially and shockingly guessed:

"Before this year closes, one out of every three men and women between 18 and 64 will be mustered into war service—to fight, to arm the fighters or to feed the nation, its armies and its allies."

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