Absence Makes the War Grow Longer
1939-1945

As the need grew, factories increased production, running 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The average work week stretched from 47 hours in 1939 to 49 hours in 1945; for some the work week was up to 63 hours long. The motto “brave men will not die because I faltered” spurred workers to endure longer hours and make even greater sacrifices.