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Bella Vista in Benton County, Arkansas — The American South (West South Central)
 

World War II Home Front

 
 
World War II Home Front Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 31, 2015
1. World War II Home Front Marker
Inscription.

Following the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the massive American production might was mobilized. After that attack the production of most non-essential consumer goods was halted or curtailed, and manufacturing facilities were converted to war production. A typewriter company produced machine guns, and auto plants produced bombers. Millions worked in these plants, and with so many men in the armed forces 6.5 million women eventually became factory workers. It has been stated, and probably correctly, that without the United States industrial production the war would have been lost. Everyone felt the change as normally abundant consumer goods were rationed. All metals were needed for the production of ships, planes, guns, and ammunition. Gasoline needed to propel all sorts of military equipment was in short supply. Used cooking oils were recycled to make glycerin for explosives.

The disappearance of some color dyes was most evident when the dark green used on Lucky Strike cigarette packaging was changed to white, and the company's ads proclaimed "Lucky Strike Green Has Gone To War". And go to war it did, as it was used to dye millions of Army uniforms OD (olive drab). Never in the history of the world had one nation rallied so fast and produced so much armament so rapidly.

From 1939 to 1945 America
Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR
produced:

41,000,000,000 rounds of ammunition
36,000,000,000 yards of cotton textiles
303,713 aircraft
211 submarines
2,400,000 military vehicles
100,000 tanks and armored vehicles
27 aircraft carriers 10 battleships
110 escort carriers
83,000 landing craft
41,000 guns and howitzers


 
Erected 2012 by the Veterans Council of Northwest Arkansas and Many Concerned Citizens and Organizations.
 
Location. 36° 26.015′ N, 94° 13.79′ W. Marker is in Bella Vista, Arkansas, in Benton County. Click for map. Marker is at the Veterans Wall of Honor. Marker is at or near this postal address: 103 Veterans Way, Bella Vista AR 72714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The War Between the States (here, next to this marker); War with Spain (here, next to this marker); World War I (here, next to this marker); The Years Between (here, next to this marker); Triumph in Europe (here, next to this marker); Women in World War II (here, next to this marker); The Terrible Cost of World War II (here, next to this marker); Veterans Wall of Honor (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bella Vista.
 
Also see . . .
1. The U.S. Home Front during WWII
Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR
. (Submitted on January 12, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The World War II Home Front. (Submitted on January 12, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. On the Homefront. (Submitted on January 12, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. America on the Homefront. (Submitted on January 12, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Veterans Wall of Honor, Bella Vista AR. (Submitted on January 14, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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