When Plowshares Built Swords: Scrap Drives During World War II

Scrap drives during the early 1940s emptied barns and fields across the country, for better or for worse.

Reader Charles Strom (far left, second row) was 9 years old when his country school launched a scrap metal drive in 1942-’43. Children shown here are brandishing their finds. One even wears his find as a helmet.
Photo courtesy Charles Strom