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.
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