World War II And The Civil War

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Despite its tragic circumstances and appalling costs, wars have pushed forward the development of tools and knowledge. Genghis Khan and the Mongols introduced hamburger; the Civil War gave rise to standardized clothing sizes and canned food; World War I produced air traffic control and hydrophones (Carnivores; Top 10 Civil War 3, 5; Scully). As it was during the earlier wars, motivation to innovate and invent was strong during World War II. Shortages, rationing and doing without at home meant military personnel had a little more support and protection, and supplying materials and money for war production meant civilian resources were scarce. World War II met the challenge with many improvements and inventions that transitioned into postwar society. Plastic came of age during World War II and developed into one of the most important innovations of the war. The contributions of plastics made a significant difference in the outcome of World War II by saving lives and aiding in the defeat of the enemy. James V. Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, praised the proximity fuse, an innovation to which plastic contributed, “The proximity fuze has helped blaze the trail to Japan. Without the protection this ingenious device has given the surface ships of the Fleet, our westward push could not have been so swift and the cost in men and ships would have been immeasurably greater.” (qtd. in Jennings). The Navy used the proximity fuse when launching shells from the primary long-range…

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