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The Importance of Industrial Production from Letters to Industry
Assessment 2: Size of the U.S. Navy, 1938-1945

Type

6/30/38

6/30/39

6/30/40

12/7/41

12/31/42

12/31/43

12/31/44

8/14/45*

Battleships

15

15

15

17

19

21

23

23

Carriers, Fleet

5

5

6

7

4

19

25

28

Carriers, Escort

-

-

-

1

12

35

65

71

Cruisers

32

36

37

37

39

48

61

72

Destroyers

112

127

185

171

224

332

367

377

Submarines

54

58

64

112

133

172

230

232

Mine Warfare<

27

29

36

135

323

551

614

586

Patrol

34

20

19

100

515

1050

1183

1204

Amphibious

-

-

-

-

121

673

2147

2547

Auxiliary

101

104

116

210

392

564

993

1267

Surface Warships

159

178

237

225

282

635

827

833

Total Active

380

394

478

790

1782

3699

6084

6768

Critical Thinking Questions Based on the Chart:
  1. During what year did the size of the Navy increase the most?
  2. Analyze the chart. Which types of naval vessels were produced in the greatest volume between 1941-1943?
  3. Hypothesize why having a strong navy is important during war.
Directions: Read the following passages and complete the task below.
If you have not done so already, download this file now. War Production Drive (1.0MB)
  • "From Secretary of War (Pg. 24, War Production Drive)"
  • "Secretary of the Navy (Pg. 24, War production Drive)"
  • "From Administrator, War Shipping Administration ( Pg. 25, War Production Drive)"
  • "From Labor Director, War Production Board (Pg. 26, War Production Drive)"
If you have not done so already, download this file now. Production Goes to War (1.2MB)
  • "From Chairman, War Production Board (Pg. 18, Production Goes to War)"
    1. Pretend that you are a member of the War Production Board. Write a brief persuasive letter to factory owners emphasizing their important role(s) in helping the Allies win the war.
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