National Archives at Atlanta

National Archives at Atlanta

Training and Sustaining the Force
The U.S. military was woefully unprepared for World War II, and their deficiencies in training, personnel, and materiel manifested themselves in early struggles on battlefields in the Pacific and North Africa. To close the gap between their preparedness and that of the Axis powers, U.S. government and civilian workers built hundreds of new military installations across the country, including many in the southeast. The missions of these installations were diverse, from tactical training of new pilots and ground soldiers to producing weapons and ammunition, but each of them made an impact on the war effort and their surrounding communities. Scattered throughout the southeast in urban centers like Atlanta, Charleston, and Jacksonville, or in more rural communities like Kingsport and Sylacauga, these air stations, ordnance plants, shipyards, and training camps trained and sustained the force for victory.
Loading Ammunition

Loading Ammunition

March 1, 1944

Gas Chamber Exercise

Gas chamber Exercise


Naval Air Stations in the Americas and the Pacific

Naval Air Stations

ca. 1944

Sailors and WAVES at Atlanta NAS

Sailors and waves

ca. 1944

Charleston Navy Yard Recruiting Posters

Recruiting Posters


Alabama Ordnance Works Power Plant

Alabama Ordnance

January 27, 1942

Holston Ordnance Works Manpower Map

Manpower map

December 1943

War Manpower Radio Script

Radio Script

ca. 1943-1945

Aircraft at Atlanta Naval Air Station

Atlanta Air Station

April 15, 1944