38 Rousing Photos Of The American Workers That Helped The Allies Win World War II

Published September 7, 2017
Updated January 18, 2019
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38 Rousing Photos Of The American Workers That Helped The Allies Win World War II
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The story of the United States' involvement in World War II is well known to even those with only a passing knowledge of history. In schools across America, kids learn much about their country's great wartime victories overseas at places like Iwo Jima and Normandy.

What we know less about are the people behind the scenes, those back on the home front who ensured that the U.S. Army was the best equipped to win the war. By arming and supplying the troops, as well as maintaining and building bases for them to train at, these home front laborers helped ensure U.S. victory over the Axis as much as the soldiers on the front lines.

In fact, these laborers had been hard at work before the U.S. military even joined the war following Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Throughout the years prior, American laborers had been producing weapons and vehicles on a mass scale for the Allies.

Via the Lend-Lease Act, starting in early 1941, the United States provided the Allied nations of the United Kingdom, Free France, China, the Soviet Union, and others with food, oil, weapons, planes, and tanks in exchange for leases on land in their nations on which the United States could build army bases.

Then, after Pearl Harbor, the U.S. ramped up production even more in order to provide for its own military. This massive effort required vast numbers of workers, including many women who stepped in due to the fact that so many American men had entered military service. In fact, realizing that they often required workers more than soldiers, the government transferred many drafted men from the Armed Forces into the Enlisted Reserve Corps where they would work to help the war effort on the home front.

Because of the efforts of these women and men, the U.S. was able to not only win the war but also build the strongest, most industrialized military in the world. And on the home front, war production efforts helped the U.S. climb its way out of the Great Depression. In fact, by the end of the war, the U.S. was the most prosperous nation on the planet.

Furthermore, following their increased involvement in the labor force during the war, American women used this opportunity to join the workforce permanently, giving them a wider degree of autonomy and self-sufficiency than they had previously had.

For these reasons and others, America's wartime production program allowed the country to become the superpower that it is today. The images above show how the enormous task of wartime production that was completed on the home front, and how it changed the U.S., and the world, forever.

Next, see the true-life history of Rosie the Riveter with this photographic look at the factory women who helped the U.S. win World War II. Then, view some of the most heartbreaking images that document the massive internment of Japanese-Americans at Manzanar Relocation Center during World War II.

Gabe Paoletti
Gabe Paoletti is a New York City-based writer and a former Editorial Intern at All That's Interesting. He holds a Bachelor's in English from Fordham University.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Paoletti, Gabe. "38 Rousing Photos Of The American Workers That Helped The Allies Win World War II." AllThatsInteresting.com, September 7, 2017, https://allthatsinteresting.com/world-war-ii-home-front. Accessed April 20, 2024.