Skip to comments.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.
Don’t underestimate the Manhattan Project. We started from scratch on this project.
Bammy had everything he needed to build a website.
Actually, it was 172 aircraft carriers.
22 Essex Class carriers
9 Princeton Class Light Carriers
141 Escort Carriers
I does show how deep we have sunk as a nation.
Are you going to give credit to the source or are you going to claim this as your own?
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.
I heard this on Limbaugh’s show though he did not name a source.
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.
It takes seven years to build a single US aircraft carrier today.
If WW II was today we would lose big time.
or anywhere else, right? maybe some 3rd world locations?
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.
I would actually agree. America has become a pathetic shell of what it used to be. Morally, fiscally, and culturally bankrupt.
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.
Funny and sadly, very true at the same time.
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. .
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
and how quickly — one generation
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