Chapter 20 Sec. 1 Mobilizing for War The War dramatically change American society—it ended the Great Depression. “The industrial output of the USduring the war astounded the rest of the world. American workers were twice as productive as German workers and five times more productive than Japanese worker.”
American Industry Gets the Job Done• 600,000 Jeeps• 88,000 tanks• 7000 ships—liberty ships (welded not riveted)Cheap, easy to build and hard to sink• 20 million rifles• 40 billion bullets• 43 million men drafted• As well as mines, helmets, cooking utensils, airplanes and scores of other military equipment
You’re in the Army Now• Over 40 million men were drafted. First given physical exams and injections against smallpox and typhoid. They were issued uniforms, boots, and whatever equipment was available. The clothing bore the label GI meaning Government Issue. Which is why American soldiers were called GIs. Then they were giving aptitude tests and shipped off to 8 weeks of basic training.
A Segregated Army• African Americans had separated barracks, latrines, mess halls, and recreational facilities.• Double V Campaign—a victory over Hitler’s racism aboard and a victory over racism at home.• Tuskegee Airman• http://youtu.be/BpA6TC0T_Lw
Women in the Army• Women’s Army Corps, nurses, administrative and clerical jobs• 2nd Lt. Elmira Dalrymple