Congrats on the gun show Jim. The WWII is a great blade, but it's worth noting that it's now available in 3 different tooth counts....30T, 40T, and the new 48T...1/8" full kerf, or 3/32" thin kerf is available for each. The 30T covers much of the same ground as the 40T, but clearly eclipses it in thicker ripping....it even still crosscuts reasonably well for many applications. The 48T also covers some of the same territory as the 40T, but clearly has the upper hand in fine crosscuts and ply cuts.
It's also worth noting that the WWII isn't alone at this level. The Infinity Super General and Freud Premier Fusion are both so good, that I believe Forrest introduced their 48T WWII in response to the stellar showing of these two blades. Both also excel at fine crosscuts and ply cuts, but also leave an exceptionally smooth edge on rip cuts. Neither of these are quite as efficient in thick ripping as the 40T (or 30T), but definitely have their niche. (both made in Italy)
The Ridge Carbide TS2000 is every bit the equal of the WWII 40T....also made in the USA, and was started by a former employee of Forrest. Huge carbide teeth, and a very well made blade.
The Tenryu Gold Medal is also in this league....made in Japan, and has a similar configuration as the 40T WWII.
Which to get ultimately depends on you, your saw, and what you cut. As good as these blades are, none are as good as a quality dedicated task blade in the extreme regions of thick ripping and fine crosscuts/ply... that approach requires owning at least two blades, none of which offer much versatility beyond their dedicated task range, so you need to change the blade out when the task changes.
Please keep us posted!