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Soldiers in the Woods: The U.S. Army's Spruce Production Division in World War One

Rod Crossley

Published by Timber Times, 2014
ISBN 10: 0983197717 / ISBN 13: 9780983197713
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Title: Soldiers in the Woods: The U.S. Army's ...

Publisher: Timber Times

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included


In late 1917, shortly after the United States entered World War One, the U.S. Army established the Spruce Production Division as a means of obtaining, as quickly as possible, enormous quantities of Sitka spruce airplane-grade lumber for our European allies as well as our fledgling U.S. Air Service. In about one year, the Division was supplying tens of millions of board feet of lumber per month. Soldiers in the Woods is the story of the Division's Pacific Northwest operations, which virtually took over the Northwest lumber industry, built 13 logging railroads, three large sawmills, and put some 30,000 soldiers to work in the woods and mills. This 328-page hardbound Volume is packed with 300 rare photographs, illustrations, and maps. Contents: Building America's Airplanes, pp. 1-12; The Pacific Northwest, pp. 13-26; The Spruce Production Division, pp. 27-48; Cost-plus Contractors, pp. 49-58; The Division, pp. 59-82; Field Operations, pp. 83-98; Vancouver District, pp. 99-110; Puget Sound District, pp. 111-142; Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay District, pp. 143-174; Clatsop District, pp. 175-202; Yaquina Bay District, pp. 203-228; Coos Bay District, pp. 229-240; Supporting Division Operations, pp. 241-264; Spruce Production Corporation, pp. 265-280; Selling the Assets, pp. 281-296; Appendices, pp. 297-306; Bibliography, pp. 307-308; Index, pp. 309-320. Timber Times, hardcover with jacket, 328 pages, 8.5 x 11 x 1 in., 300 B&W photographs, maps and illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # tt713

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Synopsis: World War One expanded the use of airplanes from observation platforms to viable fighting machines. As the air war expanded, Allied aircraft manufacturers turned to America as a source of airplane lumber. Primarily, they sought Sitka spruce, a strong, lightweight wood found in the coastal rain forests of Oregon and Washington states. When the United States entered the war in 1917, the Pacific Northwest lumber industry was supplying the Allies with the majority of airplane-grade lumber. The U.S. Military Draft, beginning in May of 1917, caused a dramatic reduction of experienced personnel from the woods and mills, who could not easily be replaced. In August, violent labor strikes across the Pacific Northwest virtually shut down the lumber industry. To address these problems, the U.S. Army formed the Spruce Production Division. The Division was designed to provide for the labor needs of the lumber industry and to act as an armed deterrent against any further labor disruptions. The Division also formed the Loyal Legion of Loggers & Lumbermen union in order to address the severe labor unrest within the lumber industry. Soldiers in the Woods is the story of the U.S. Army s Spruce Production Division, and that of the men who worked in the forests and mills of the Pacific Northwest, producing enormous amounts of airplane-grade spruce lumber for the war effort.

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