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Chieftain and Military History Visualized - Conversation about Tanks from WW2 to Second Iraqi War

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neokai #1 Posted 26 May 2018 - 07:02 AM

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Get comfy, coz it's an hour long conversation.



Somewhere in the middle you will hear Chieftain mention Knudsen - that refers to William S. Knudsen, General Motors industrialist who was roped into the War Department (some might argue gang-pressed) by FDR to plan how to convert USA's civil industry into a war industry. At the age of 61.


DanLBob #2 Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:07 AM


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It is frankly incredible just how much normal industry continued in US despite the massive amount of war production. While the term Hyperpower is a relatively new one (used to describe the US position post Soviet Union collapse) it is one that could very well have applied to the US during the 1930's and 1940's as well.



ThomChen114 #3 Posted 26 May 2018 - 07:10 PM


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This is also available as a podcast, I've listened to it a couple times. I can listen to them rabbit on.


Knudsen's quote: "We won because we smothered the enemy in an avalanche of production, the like of which he had never seen, nor dreamed possible." Pretty much sums up how America won.



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camdy #4 Posted 07 June 2018 - 12:30 PM

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i think the us military complex-industry costs something like over 1 trillion US in the modern day

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