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The Aftermath Of World War II Production Historic Film 74642


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Created during World War II, "The Aftermath of War Production" was created to educate the American public and government officials about the potential financial disaster that might occur after the end of WWII, when millions of surplus goods might be dumped on the market, and when millions of people might be put out of work through the cancellation of contracts. According to the film military surplus is an inevitability, but financial disaster and depression is preventable.  
Film contains many shots of WWI and WWII factories, raw materials, Rosie the Riveter women at work for the war effort, mining, etc. as well as images of armored vehicles, tanks, aircraft, tooling, and more.  The M-4 tank and M-10 tank destroyers are shown as an example.  2700 were built with 300 being produced per month when production was suspended in 1943, and 25,000 items were left surplus as a result.  17000 tons of steel were left surplus and had to be sold at an average price of $48 per ton.

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