August 8, 1942

Civilian Sacrifices Needed
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Office of War Information (OWI) issued a dire warning last night that arms production fell behind in June. In a summation of the first eight months of the war, the agency stated production is not sufficient to achieve victory and that more sacrifices will be necessary by civilians or “…we could lose this war…”. Further, the OWI warned without such efforts, the war “…may not stay a long way off.” Indirectly, the agency commented on the push to open a second front in Europe when it opined “…when we cannot be strong and hit hard everywhere, we must be able to hit hard where it counts most even at the price of leaving other areas inactive.” It acknowledged our allies are bearing most of the load largely due to American war production not functioning at maximum capacity.

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