Non defense manufacturing won the war!
WWII manufacturing - defense manufacturers were a small part!
Prior to WWII U.S defense spending was around $2 billion. If defense contractors were working one 40 hour shift per week prior to the War, they could produce 4.2 times that output if they ran their plants 24 hours, 7 days a week. Thus the maximum they could produce was 8-9 $billion in defense materiel if they ran at full capacity.
From 1943 – 1945, however, the United States spent between $67 billion and $83 billion each year for defense. Where did the extra billions in war materiel production come from?
The rest had to come from non- defense related industry that was converted over to producing military materiel during the war. Pre-war non-defense manufacturers were absolutely the key to U.S. success in WWII.
History tells us that consumer and commercial oriented non-defense U.S. manufacturers have been instrumental in securing our freedom!
Thousands of these manufacturers converted to military materiel producers during WWII . They were responsible for as much as 80% of the wartime materiel production and were greatly responsible for winning the war.
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Riveting WWII Documentary: D-Day Minus One DVD (1945)