Hello everyone! Today I have another WW2 effects today this time with the 47th state to be admitted to the union. I have had the pleasure, well okay, opportunity to go to New Mexico numerous times. The parts I've been to have been the most devoid, lifeless, and depressing parts of North America I have ever seen. No offense to any New Mexico dwellers on here, I like trees, I live in Arizona, and we at least have cactus and bushes out here. I digress here is New Mexico before, during, and after WW2, enjoy! Here is the link to WW2 effects: Wisconsin http://ww2f.com/threads/ww2-effects-georgia.70175/#post-816950 New Mexico Pre-WW2 Before WW2 in New Mexico, you either worked on a farm, ranch, or drilling rig. And in some ways, that' s still the case today. New Mexico's mostly dessert climate and harsh landscape scared off a multitude of companies and made development of the large state (highways, bridges, etc.) lengthy. Along with the slow process of modernizing New Mexico, there were only about 500,000 citizens living in New Mexico in 1940. New Mexico WW2 As Soon as the U.S was drawn into WW2, New Mexico went all in, right away. New Mexican's were some of the first Americans to see combat in WW2 (200th Coast Artillery, Clark Field Philippines). In only about 8 months, the USAAF had built 3 new bases (Kirltand, Cannon, and Halloman). This alone led to the creation and expansion of towns and cities near the surrounding bases to accommodate the G.I's. A vast majority of the Navajo Code talkers were from reservation's throughout the state. More military installation's were built at Clovis, Alamogordo, and Roswell, along with the most amount of POW camps in any other state. An escape attempt by 4 German Kriegsmarine officers on the 1st of November 1942 from Fort Stranton was the peak of excitement in New Mexico, at least at that time (All 4 were caught and sent to different prisons). New Mexico, more specifically Los Alamos was chosen to help with the Manhattan project, which would design and test the worlds first Nuclear bomb. The first ever nuclear explosion was July 16, 1945, less than a month before the other 2 bombs Fat Man and Little Boy would be dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Along with the Nuclear bombs development, proximity fuses were tested extensively in New Mexico where they would prove to be a game changer in AA technology. New Mexico Post-WW2 2,032 New Mexicans were killed and about 8000 wounded during the war. New Mexico, which had previously been an afterthought, did it's fair share of contributing to the war effort and presented itself to be much more than a desert landscape full of oilers and cattle barrons. With the creation of so many military bases and installations, New Mexico's population went from a little over 500,000 in 1940, to about 945,000 in 1946. 40% of New Mexicans now work for the government or in the military in some capacity today. New Mexico's economy has been higher due to the government presence which has ensured job security for thousands of Americans.