World War II

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 →

Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant

Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant was once the largest in the world

By  Gary R. Familian / Special to The Detroit News While it’s fair to say that the federal government and the private sector haven’t always worked effectively together, there have been exceptions. One such collaboration was the famous Willow Run production facility located near Ypsilanti, at which Ford, working with Washington, produced nearly 9,000 B-24’s … Continue Reading →