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What can the USA do in three and a half years?

Posted on 01/10/2014 6:02:27 PM PST by chittlin

During the 3-1/2 years of World War 2 that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and ended with the Surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer escorts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks.

We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Germany.

It's worth noting, that during the almost exact amount of time, the Obama administration couldn't build a functioning web site.


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1 posted on 01/10/2014 6:02:27 PM PST by chittlin
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To: chittlin

Don’t underestimate the Manhattan Project. We started from scratch on this project.

Bammy had everything he needed to build a website.


2 posted on 01/10/2014 6:05:13 PM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: chittlin

Actually, it was 172 aircraft carriers.
22 Essex Class carriers
9 Princeton Class Light Carriers
141 Escort Carriers

Impressive numbers.


3 posted on 01/10/2014 6:09:28 PM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: chittlin
I received this via email a few days ago.

I does show how deep we have sunk as a nation.

4 posted on 01/10/2014 6:09:42 PM PST by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: chittlin

Are you going to give credit to the source or are you going to claim this as your own?


5 posted on 01/10/2014 6:14:23 PM PST by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: caver

I have no idea the source. Rec’d in an email and thought I’d pass it on. Makes a good point. Did not check accuracy of WW2 numbers however the community organizers numbers are public knowledge.


6 posted on 01/10/2014 6:18:01 PM PST by chittlin (chittlin)
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To: chittlin

I heard this on Limbaugh’s show though he did not name a source.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 6:36:24 PM PST by Fungi
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To: chittlin

At that time Pennsylvania produced more steel that any country in the world. We also had the richest iron ore deposits going in the Mesabi range in Wisconsin. They are virteally all gone now.

At nighn, Bessemer converters lit the sky up over Youngstown, Ohio every night producing steel. Now there is not one Bessemer converter operating there.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 7:03:19 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

It takes seven years to build a single US aircraft carrier today.


9 posted on 01/10/2014 7:06:21 PM PST by caltaxed
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To: Fungi

If WW II was today we would lose big time.


10 posted on 01/10/2014 7:13:13 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
Now there is not one Bessemer converter operating there

or anywhere else, right? maybe some 3rd world locations?

11 posted on 01/10/2014 7:13:22 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: matt1234

Well in 3 years from today we could probably hire a workforce, get EEO clearance from the Justice Dept, preliminary EPA pollution permits, have the workers schooled in sensitivity and non-discrimination, get our handicapped accessible restrooms finished, AND have a full crew of lobbyists on staff working on property tax abatements and minority enterprise grants.


12 posted on 01/10/2014 7:19:56 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

I would actually agree. America has become a pathetic shell of what it used to be. Morally, fiscally, and culturally bankrupt.


13 posted on 01/10/2014 7:21:31 PM PST by greene66
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To: chittlin

Absolutely great, that was when we had a huge manufacturing base within OUR country, where people had a work ethic, pride in workmanship and were driven by patriotism . Forget it today, that was why they were called the greatest generation.


14 posted on 01/10/2014 7:22:12 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Remember Ty Woods? Glenn Doherty ? Forgot already?)
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To: nascarnation

Funny and sadly, very true at the same time.


15 posted on 01/10/2014 7:23:03 PM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: chittlin

You may have under estimated the equipment production, as the US was ramping up production of war materiel sold to the UK, Canada, Australia, NZ, etc; long before December 1941.

On the other hand, you have forgotten the military of those same countries who fought the Krauts from 1939. Sorry, but the US did not all of a sudden sweep in and win the war all by its lonesome! In fact, like WWI, the US generals were to start with, by and large, quite cocky, thinking that the Brits, et al., didn’t know how to fight a war to win. Look at the shellacking the US Army got at first in Africa! When they finally listened to the advice of the Brits who had fought for more than two years in Africa, the Allies started to win big in Africa and US losses dropped.

AFA the Battle of the Atlantic, like US Army in Africa, the USN was ignorant of how to battle U-boats at the start, ignoring RN advice and suffering heavy losses until they realized the Brits knew of what they were talking. Much of the winning strategy involved the use of hundreds of corvettes, both British and Canadian, using the British ‘hedgehog’, and the addition of USN ships. Until enough US and Royal Navy escort carriers came on station, the Brits made do with CAM ships launching ‘Hurricats’, which cut down U-boat attacks. Escor carriers curtailled most U-boat activity.

In Italy and Sicily, the landings were a Brit, Canuck and Yank affair. Soon, elements of additional Empire forces joined the fray. The D-Day invasion involved 5 beaches, Gold & Sword (Brits), Utah and Omaha (Yanks), and Juno (Canucks).

The Manhatten Project was a multi-national effort, involving Yanks, Brits, Canucks and many scientists from occupied Europe. Both heavy water and uranium ore came from Canada, as well as 300 scientist working on the Project. Could the US have built an A-bomb without the other scientists? Likely, but certainly not in 1945!

The war in the Pacific was mostly a US war. In addtion to Pearl Harbour, Canadians were attacked at Hong Kong on Dec 7/8, 1941 as were the Brits defending British Malaya. Other than coastal defence, after the fall of Hong Kong, Canada’s war was in Europe, though an RCAF pilot won a Victoria Cross in the Pacific in 1945. .


16 posted on 01/10/2014 7:38:15 PM PST by A Formerly Proud Canadian (I once was blind, but now I see...)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
Mesabi Range is in Minnesota.
17 posted on 01/10/2014 7:59:18 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: nascarnation
We use the basic oxygen and electric arc techniques for steel making now, Bessemer is obsolete as is the open hearth furnace.
18 posted on 01/10/2014 8:03:53 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: chittlin
We also developed the world's best 4x4 military truck, the Jeep, in about a month, IIRC. From the drawing board to a finished product in a month...and it took how many decades to get the Osprey into active service? The F-22? The F-35?

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

19 posted on 01/10/2014 8:06:04 PM PST by wku man (We are the 53%! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUXN0GDuLN4)
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To: matt1234

and how quickly — one generation


20 posted on 01/10/2014 8:08:26 PM PST by kvanbrunt2 (i don't believe any court in this country is operating lawfully anyway)
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To: chittlin

What the United States CAN’T DO IS!.....

1) make socialism illegal...
2) prosecute traitors...
3) stop sedition...
4) hang progressives as enemies..
5) elect republicans with balls that believe in capitalism..
6) speak the truth about the democrats and the democrat party..
7) know the truth about marijuana..
8) States seceding from an unconstitutional rogue federal givernment..

and other things..


21 posted on 01/10/2014 8:12:06 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole..)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
in reality, WW 2 is what actually got us out of the depression. Men in the military, women in the work force, after the war, women went back to caring for her family and there were plenty of jobs for the military men coming home. Under the GI bill, education was available, and FHA made it possible to buy homes..
22 posted on 01/10/2014 9:04:09 PM PST by goat granny
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To: A Formerly Proud Canadian

Ironically, the science that led to the atomic bomb was pioneered in Axis countries: Italy (Fermi) and Germany (Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn).


23 posted on 01/11/2014 1:36:44 AM PST by haroldeveryman
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To: chittlin

While distressing, this isn’t really surprising. America isn’t the same country that mobilized to defeat the Axis in WWII. This country’s so hogtied by its internal politics now that such a mobilization would never occur. The government website is one such example. After nearly four years, dismal failure is the result.

Imagine trying to send astronauts to the moon now... the special interest groups wanting a piece of the action would tangle up such a program for decades. Good God, we don’t even have a manned space program anymore.

Also, while I’m no fan of Roosevelt, he at least allowed America to be on the winning side. Thank God the Marxists in today’s American regime weren’t in power then... we’d have been under occupation inside of 18 months.


24 posted on 01/11/2014 2:36:25 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: ealgeone; chittlin
Impressive numbers.

Indeed, but where is the source(s)?

25 posted on 01/11/2014 5:21:12 AM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: wku man
Navy’s new $12b aircraft carrier beset with performance problems
26 posted on 01/11/2014 5:47:41 AM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: chittlin

bkmk


27 posted on 01/11/2014 10:34:58 AM PST by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: daniel1212

I got it of Wikipedia along with some books on World War Two.


28 posted on 01/12/2014 4:04:26 PM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: ealgeone

Thanks. My dad used to say they could build a frigate in 3 weeks during the War.


29 posted on 01/12/2014 5:59:04 PM PST by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a contrite damned+destitute sinner, trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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