Title page for ETD etd-03242009-040815

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hoerl, John David
URN etd-03242009-040815
Title Torpedoes and the gun club :the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance in World War II
Degree Master of Arts
Department History
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dunlap, Thomas R. Committee Chair
Adriance, Thomas J. Committee Member
Kaufman, Burton I. Committee Member
  • Military history
Date of Defense 1991-05-02
Availability restricted

This thesis examines the shift of torpedo production responsibilities from military to civilian manufacturers as a case study in the use of civilian resources during World War II. The existing structure of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ordnance failed to produce adequate torpedoes for the first two years of American wartime activity. The Bureau therefore abandoned the existing structure and shifted production to civilian contractors. This change occurred within the broader context of civilian scientific and technica1 invo1vement in military matters during World War II. The torpedo story illustrates one organization's unintentional participation in this process.

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