Factoid of the Week

“A curious reversal of fortune took place in that more Americans died in industrial and work-related accidents at home than in combat overseas.”

Maury Klein
A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II

While statistically it was probably more dangerous to be an infantryman than a riveter or a welder, this offers a sobering insight. Everything was sacrificed for speed in America’s shift to a wartime economy: thrift to be sure, caution on occasion, and industrial safety all too often.

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