War Production Board


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War Production Board

(WPB), former U.S. government agency, established (Jan., 1942) by executive order to direct war production and the procurement of materials in World War II. The chairman (Donald M. Nelson, 1942–44; Julius A. Krug, 1944–45) was granted sweeping powers over the nation's economic life. The WPB converted and expanded the peacetime economy to maximum war production; controls included assignment of priorities to deliveries of scarce materials and prohibition of nonessential industrial activities. During its three-year existence the WPB supervised the production of $185 billion worth of weapons and supplies. Businessmen serving with the WPB were sharply criticized by a Senate committee headed by Harry S. TrumanTruman, Harry S.,
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. WPB organization changed frequently, and disputes with the armed services occurred. After the defeat of Japan, most restrictions were quickly lifted, and the WPB was abolished in Nov., 1945. The Civilian Production Administration was set up to take over the remaining WPB reconversion functions.
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The wording, as required by the War Production Board, was altered to "A.
EBMUD says the federal government is responsible for the cleanup because the mine was reactivated in World War II under the direction of the War Production Board and was mined for zinc for the armed forces from 1943 to 1947.
The Economist has observed, "Not since Franklin Roosevelt's War Production Board has it been suggested that so large a part of the American economy should suddenly be brought under government control.
Issues contained his "Letter from Washington," where he served as director of the Tooling Division for the War Production Board.
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In 1943, he garnered 30% of the national production total, more than $3,000,000,000 in contracts, and used his New Deal crony, "Tommy the Cork" Corcoran, to get into the War Production Board, the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, and even the White House Map Room.
The War Production Board (WPB) was established by executive order.
His service during World War II as Director of Information for the War Production Board led to The War Lords of Washington (1948), his first major book.
As one example - our "beer" columns were commandeered by the War Production Board.
In 1943 he came to the War Production Board to start and run a weekly report called War Progress.
After working for various newspapers, Catton entered government service in 1942 and later served as director of information for the War Production Board.
The Copper Club was founded in 1944 by members of the Copper Division of the War Production Board.