Название: The great munition feat, 1914-1918
Автор: Dewar, George Albermarle Bertie; White, Andrew Dickson
Издательство: London: Constable
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Since the war ended we have seen a reaction of sorts over the munition crusade between August 1914 and November 1918. Enthusiasm has waned : it is in human nature that it should have waned : and some people have rushed to the conclusion. that it was a ruinously wasteful crusade, inefficient, even corrupt. My conclusions differ from these. I have been made well aware, whilst visiting factories, talking to their managers and workpeople, and couecting information and impressions for this book, that money was spent with both hands all through the movement ; that there were mistakes, overlapping of authority, disappointments, failures, in this branch of industry and in that during the four and a half years. But viewing the thing as a whole, not suffering the judgment to be diverted by details, I have concluded that, far from being ruinously wasteful, this was the least spendthrift of any great national industrial effort in our history. We compressed into that period of peril and burning anxiety the labour and the intelligence and the public spirit which ordinarily would be expended in four decades rather than four years or so. Surveying the feat and its figures of output, I confess I cannot imagine.