Posted by: lcbaur | November 22, 2009

The War’s Help

World War II provided many jobs of many kinds in may different genres.  Weapons and equipment were needed to continue the war.  Men and women would find jobs in the factories making weapons to use for the American troops and to sell to European countries involved in the war.  The United States became one of the largest manufacturers of weapons in the world during the second world war.  Here is a site of the list of weapons and aircraft manufactured during the second world war.  The countries are separated and indicated by flags. http://www.militaryfactory.com/worldwar2/weapons.asp

Bolt-action rifles were used at the beginning of the war, but this was a 19th century weapon.  In the midst of the war, the manufacturing of the sniper rifle became much more popular.  Although the Germans invented sub-machine guns, the United States perfected and mass-produced them.  The picture below is of a flame-thrower.

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Here is a video on the weapons of World War II. 

England and USSR received military aid from the United States as well.  The United States began supplying support in September 1940, even though the United States did not enter the war until December 1941.  President Roosevelt created a lend-lease program for the British, who were unable to pay for supplies for the war.  The Lend-Lease Act of 1941 gave President Roosevelt the ability to provide military aid.  This is a link that provides information of the Lend-Lease Act of 1941. http://www.classbrain.com/artteenst/publish/article_83.shtml

This is a picture of President Roosevelt signing a Declaration of War against Japan.

War provided jobs all over the country for both men and women.  Projects like the Tennessee Valley Authority only provided jobs for that demographic and area of expertise.  The Gold Standard suspended gold convertibility.  These are two ideals that assisted in lightening the misfortune of the Great Depression.  However, the war provided many, many jobs.  These jobs enabled people to provide food for their families and purchase goods from businesses.  World War II single-handedly brought the United States economy out of the Great Depression.

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  1. Very interesting info.


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