Arsenal of Democracy

War trucks on Michigan street

The Arsenal of Democracy: How Detroit turned industrial might into military power during World War II

By Arthur Herman / Special to The Detroit News On May 28, 1940, the phone rang in Bill Knudsen’s office in the General Motors Building. Knudsen, a Danish immigrant who had made parts for Henry Ford’s Model T in a bicycle factory in Buffalo before working his way up to become president of GM, heard … Continue Reading →