Automakers and the Arsenal of Democracy
Published on Dec 28, 2015
75 years ago, December 29, 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt began mobilizing America’s automakers to help build and supply wartime equipment to our allies fighting in Europe. The Arsensal of Democracy speech, as it came to be called, put automakers on a new learning curve as they undertook designing and manufacturing military tanks, trucks, guns and munitions for the allies and, eventually, for the U.S. entry into World War II. FCA US historian Brandt Rosenbusch looks back at Chrysler Corporation's participation in the war effort.