WWII scrap metal drives had people ripping fences off the street

WWII scrap metal drives had people ripping fences off the street

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Image: Leslie Jones/Boston Public Library

When the United States joined World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the global trade of raw materials was in a state of uncertainty and disruption. Basic commodities such as rubber and cloth immediately became precious and valuable to the war effort

Scrap drives were organized across the country, encouraging citizens to contribute their rubber to make jeep tires, their clothing to make cleaning rags, their nylon and silk stockings to make parachutes, and their leftover cooking fat to make explosives

One of the most vital materials to collect was scrap metal. A single medium tank required 18 tons of it, and a single Navy ship hundreds more Read more…

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The very first war photography was staged

The very first war photography was staged

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Captain Thomas Longworth Dames of the British Royal Artillery.

Image: Roger Fenton/Library of Congress

In the 1850s, the Crimean War emerged from a dispute over the rights of Christian minorities in the Ottoman-controlled Holy Land. Tensions among Russia, France and the Ottoman Empire eventually boiled over into a war centered in the Balkans and the critical warm-water ports of the Crimean Peninsula in the Black Sea.

The fighting in Crimea, which included the famed “Charge of the Light Brigade,” eventually settled into a prolonged stalemate, with allied British, French and Ottomans besieging the Russian-held port of Sevastopol Read more…

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