On April 17, 1941 these Word War II tanks were assembled at the Chrysler tank arsenal in then rural Warren and would soon become a part of General George Patton's own "blitzkrieg". The bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, threw the U.S. into the war, spurring a huge increase in aircraft production, as well as tanks and military vehicles. The government banned civilian auto production. By June of 1942, 66 percent of Detroit's machine tools were being used for military goods.
Posted by Made In Detroit Admin on November 11, 2013
Conrad "Connie" Kalitta (born February 24, 1938, in Michigan) is the CEO of Kalitta Air and a retired American drag racing driver, once known as "The Bounty Hunter".He grew up in Mount Clemens, Michigan, and was a 1957 graduate of Mount Clemens High School.He raced from the 1950s through the 1990s. He was the first driver to hit 200 mph in an NHRA sanctioned event. He also helped Shirley Muldowney get started (in the "Bounty Huntress" car). Kalitta won 10 NHRA national events between 1967 and 1994.
Posted by Made In Detroit Admin on October 24, 2013
When Detroit stood at attention
There's no disputing the city's major role in helping the United States become victorious in World War II. Here's what people and the news media said back then:
"The hottest town in America," crowed a 1943 article in Variety, the show business trade paper.
"A miraculous city, a city forging thunderbolts," wrote the New York Times, soon after the United States entered World War II.
"The wonder city of America," said novelist Erskine Caldwell in 1942, while talking about how much Germany and Japan wanted to bomb Detroit.
"Detroit is winning the war," Soviet dictator Josef Stalin reportedly told President Franklin D. Roosevelt three month before the Germans surrendered.
And Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower, who commanded 3 million soldiers in Europe, said the weapons he valued most were the Jeep, 2 1/2 ton truck, bulldozer and transplant plane - all partly or fully Made In Detroit.
Posted by Made In Detroit Admin on July 19, 2013
Thanks to everyone who entered. You're not a loser... you helped raise money for Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center
Posted by Made In Detroit Admin on July 02, 2013