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US build-up before WW2
The build-up in the US industrial base was due largely to Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR was painfully aware that US industry was not prepared for WW1. He could see that a war in Europe was coming, and that the US would ultimately get involved. So, he jump started preparations for armaments, expanded the Navy and army, and started other initiatives. This industrial expansion not only built up the military but also accelerated revovery from the Great Depression by creating thousands of jobs. When war finally came, the US was not fully prepared, but was well along the way of getting there. Please recall that the SOUTH DAKOTA class BBs and ESSEX class CVs were already under construction.
the US industrial base had much to thank the european war which helped with its demand for P40, DB7, F4F, M3 tanks and half-tracks, jeeps, LB40, Mustang, DE's CVE's, the list could go on for ever. And not to forget the munitions, blankets etc etc....
Once the US industrial base got on a wartime footing the Japanese and the Germans would simply be overwhelmed with the machines and weapons as well as the trained manpower. Neither of them had the programs to bring experienced personnel back to the homeland to train the next batch of sailors, airmen, or tankers. They were kept on the front lines until they died.
I think FUBAR is a good description of VIRTUALLY ALL US operations for at least a year after Pearl!!...
...It's not often I run across the opportunity to bring the DP back up and out my nose, and all over the keyboard.
FUBAR indeed: 6 IJN flattops on the bottom of the sea versus 4 USN bird farms; the guts torn out of the IJN air service by the end of the Guadalcanal Campaign; the IJA served notice that stealth, trickery and spirit have little chance in the face of sustained machine gun, artillery and air support; the establishment, and benefits, of a logistical train--and the bases to mount operations from--the likes of which the Japanese Empire couldn't even begin to match.
Yep, that's FUBAR alright.
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