1944 Seen As Year of Decision

January 6, 1944

Many to Die That Others May Be Free – Are You Worthy Of The Sacrifice?

As the calendar heralds 1944, grim predictions of allied political and military leaders rank foremost in the minds of all people. 1944 is the year of decision. It is the year of total war and destruction, death and suffering. It may well be the year of military victory – thanks to the courage of our fighting men and the American production miracle.

Armament production in the United States has reached staggering proportions. In November, every five minutes saw the birth of a new complete plane. The month’s total was 8,789, of which 1,000 were heavy bombers. More than 150,000 war planes have been built since the start of hostilities. Nineteen million tons of merchant ships were launched in 1943, compared to 1,163,000 tons in 1941.

Naval and shipbuilding has outstripped the imaginations of the wildest dreamers. About a dozen air craft carriers were turned out in November alone. War ship tonnage in 1941 was 2,132,000. Out of the ashes of Pearl Harbor it rose to 6,000,000 tons in 1943, a colossus bent on the destruction of Japanese aggression, and Nazi tyranny. Tanks, guns and supplies are being produced in unbelievable quantities.

These things were made possible by the productive genius of free enterprise. In the hands of 10,000,000 men and their companions in arms, they are America’s answer to the warped leaders of Europe and Japan who have challenged our freedom.

But we have no cause to rejoice. Tens of thousands of our men must die in 1944 to meet the challenge of the dictators. The people were told when the war started that they would have to make sacrifices. They were told that this was the total war. And yet, other than those who have given their men, no one has so far made lots of real sacrifice. It is not in the cards for this condition to continue.

Sometime in the not-too-distant future we, at home, are going to find out what total war means, even though we may never feel the impact of bombs on our cities.

A pretty good indicator of how we will find out can be seen in the gust of bitter controversy sweeping through the land over strikes, taxes, subsidies, and inflation. They are the prelude to the storm. When it hits full fury, the test of our love of freedom will be upon us.

No person in this nation can ever shut from his mind the awful visions of  the last days of1943 in which 1,000 marines lay dead on the beaches of one little South Pacific island. Those men died for the right to be free. We at home have yet to prove worthy of the freedom for which they died.

– Industrial News Review


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