The DSM Project (Development of Substitute Materials) begun during WWII was later renamed and I know you know that second name, so what was it?
#17286. Asked by xhistory. (Mar 15 02 4:14 AM)
Son of The Household Cavalry
Son of The Household Cavalry says: |
The title chosen by Gen. Brehon Somervell, 'Development of Substitute Materials,' was objectionable because it seemed to reveal too much.
In the summer of 1942, Leslie Groves was deputy to the chief of construction for the Army Corps of Engineers and had overseen construction of the Pentagon, the world's largest office building. Hoping for an overseas command, Groves objected when Somervell appointed him to take charge of the weapons project. His objections were overruled and Groves resigned himself to leading a project he thought had little chance of succeeding.
After Groves met with Bush to tell him that he had been assigned to oversee the project, Bush complained that Groves did not have sufficient rank or tact to get the job done. 'I fear we are in the soup!' wrote Bush.
Groves took on his new assignment with a determination to make it work.
The first thing he did was rechristen the project 'The Manhattan District.' The name evolved from the Corps of Engineers practice of naming districts after its headquarters' city (Marshall's headquarters were in New York City).
Fri Mar 15 02:42:06 CST 2002
Better known as The Manhattan Project than Manhattan District which came from www.lanl.gov/worldview/welcome/history/04_groves-command.html
Fri Mar 15 02:46:09 CST 2002
(As one entry - McG)
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