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The Ordnance Department : planning munitions for war

Author: Constance McLaughlin Green; Harry C Thomson; Peter C Roots; United States. Department of the Army. Office of Military History.
Publisher: Washington : Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army : For sale by the Superindentent of Documents, United States Government Printing Office, 1955.
Series: United States Army in World War II., Technical services.
Edition/Format:   Print book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The U.S. Army fought World War II with matériel much of which was developed in the decade prior to our entry, particularly in the period following the German blitz in Poland. Our efforts to develop munitions to the point where our armies could cope on equal terms with those of potential enemies are covered here in this, the first of three projected volumes on the history of the Ordnance Department in World War II.  Read more...
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Green, Constance McLaughlin, 1897-1975.
Ordnance Department: planning munitions for war.
Washington, Office of the Chief of Military History, Dept. of the Army; [for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.] 1955
(OCoLC)643791520
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Constance McLaughlin Green; Harry C Thomson; Peter C Roots; United States. Department of the Army. Office of Military History.
OCLC Number: 18105901
Description: xviii, 542 pages : illustrations, charts, portraits ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction: The ordnance task in World War II --
Origins and growth to 1919 --
The Ordnance Department, 1919-40 --
Finances and the effects of lend-lease --
Organization of the Ordnance Department, 1940-45 --
Military personnel and training --
Civilian personnel and training --
Research and development, 1919-40 --
Wartime organization and procedures in research and development --
Competition and collaboration with foreign designers --
The search for greater mobility in ground warfare --
The search for increased fire power in ground warfare: Launchers and fire control --
The search for increased fire power: Ammunition --
The development of better protection --
Antiaircraft defense: Ground-to-air weapons --
Aircraft armament: Weapons for air-to-air combat --
Aircraft armament: Guns and rockets for air-to-ground attack --
Bombs --
Conservation of materials --
Unresolved problems of research and development.
Series Title: United States Army in World War II., Technical services.
Other Titles: Planning munitions for war
Responsibility: by Constance McLaughlin Green, Harry C. Thomson, and Peter C. Roots.

Abstract:

The U.S. Army fought World War II with matériel much of which was developed in the decade prior to our entry, particularly in the period following the German blitz in Poland. Our efforts to develop munitions to the point where our armies could cope on equal terms with those of potential enemies are covered here in this, the first of three projected volumes on the history of the Ordnance Department in World War II. To provide essential background, this book includes a rather lengthy analysis of pre-1940 difficulties and a rapid sketch of the confused interim when the United States hovered between peace and war. Discussion of the vital preliminaries to efficient wartime functioning follows in chapters describing the evolution of a workable organization and the recruiting and training of soldiers and civilians to carry out the Ordnance mission. The last section of the book deals with research and development of weapons.

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