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Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska ScrapMetal Drive of World War II

All the Gallant MenCopyright: 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0803248786
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by James J. Kimble

Prairie Forge: The Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II takes readers across the entire state of Nebraska during the scrap metal drive early in America’s involvement in World War II. When Henry Doorly initially developed a plan to urge citizens to donate scrap metal to help with arms production, he had no idea that his plan would expand from Omaha to the entire state and then be used as a model for a national scrap drive.


"Kimble's research and interviews breathe life into this little-known contribution to the U.S. war effort. Prairie Forge is an entertaining, well-written narrative of the tremendous role Nebraskans, Henry Doorly, and scrap metal played in shaping the early years of the war."—Tom Mele, Scrap Magazine

"A worthwhile contribution and an enjoyable read on a topic of surprising interest and importance."—Maury Klein, Journal of American History

"Kimble's well-crafted narrative capably examines this often poorly understood moment of American history."—Thomas H. Berg, South Dakota History