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Minnesota's Home Front

People living in Minnesota and across the nation felt the effects of WWII, even though the fighting took place thousands of miles away. The U.S. government encouraged Americans to support the war effort through the rationing of goods and food, purchasing government savings bonds, participating in scrap drives, and many other efforts. Industries changed their production from civilian goods to military hardware, including tanks, planes, and ammunition. The result was a large-scale mobilization of the civilian population towards winning the war. In this section, interviews, images, and audio clips help tell the story of ordinary Minnesotans who lived through WWII.

Click the links below to learn about life on the Minnesota home front.


The Starvation Study Medical Care at Fort Snelling Minnesota Home Front Induction Military Intelligence Service Language School