Blood, Toil, Tears, and Sweat

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Although World War II brought countless countries out of the depression, this progress had adverse effects, such as, poor living conditions and wages. With World War II came extreme struggle and toil. Some of notable countries with a significant pull on the war’s fate also had substantial troubles. More than anything it wasn’t just the troops feeling the pressure but the home front, the citizens, the “average Joe” felt the extreme pressure coming from the war and the tension coming from their hunger pains. The citizens had to live in the poor living conditions after numerous bombs, work in cold factories, and work on government projects for free. With all of these problems the countries’ acting government usually could be blamed for the…show more content…
The blockade led to intense starvation and disease in cities (Darman, 41). The government of Japan caused most of these shortages and burdens on the people by over spending in the war between China and the United States. “In 1940, the year before its attack on Pearl Harbor, Japan spent sixty-six percent of its total national budget on the armed services.” (Darman, 39). This spending put a huge strain on the Japanese because they had already started to run out of resources before the war started. Before the Second World War even started Japan was already in a conflict with China over land in the early 1930s. When the war started Japan’s economy had to rely on imports to keep its people alive. In order to make the citizens prepared for total war with the western powers, Japan stripped every citizen of luxurious items. Bars closed early to stop people from getting drunk, boys had to go to classes to learn the ideology and propaganda of their government, and all western ideas were taken away. Japan locked everything so tightly they didn’t even allow the sending of telegrams. Japan then forced its people, on the First of September 1939, to work on government projects the first day of every month. Even with this extreme turmoil, Japan was determined to fight until the end (Ambrose, 116). The only thing that kept Japan’s economy afloat was their aircraft production. In 1941, 5,088 aircrafts were created; this number was
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