March 10, 1943

Fifty Shells Produced Each Minute
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Robert T. Patterson, Undersecretary of War, reported yesterday that munitions output has increased by three hundred per cent over last year. In February, munitions manufacturers produced a total of 1,932,000 high-explosive shells. That amounts to fifty shells per minute. Additionally, 419,000 bombs were produced, enough, according to Patterson, to drop 15,000 bombs on the enemy each night for almost a month. Production of arms has also increased. During the January–February span, 284,000 machine and sub-machine guns were produced as well as 5,000 tanks. Patterson stated munitions manufacturers have set a “…new record for small arms ammunition.” For comparison, during the entire First World War, 132,000 machine guns were produced.

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