Voice of the People
After I returned from the war in Europe in December, 1945, I was asked a
question something like this: “How did you fellows beat the Germans so
quickly?” My response was something like this: “We overwhelmed them with our
tanks, trucks, Jeeps, fighter planes and bombers.”
Then, a few years ago I read about an interview of a young German who had
been drafted into Hitler’s army. He was sent to fight the Americans who had
landed at Anzio. Among other things, he said that when he looked down that
mountain and saw all of the trucks that the Americans had put ashore he knew
they did not have a chance.
Later I read an interview with an older German soldier that had fought the
Americans in France and Germany. He attributed our victory to all of the
motor vehicles we had, including the M-4 tank.
Now, just recently I read the verbatim interview of Herman Goering, which
took place shortly before he committed suicide while in captivity. For those
who do not know, he was the head of the German air forces and one of
Hitler’s closest friends. In this interview he said that he tried to talk
Hitler out of declaring war on the United State because he was afraid of our
tremendous industrial capacity. He mentioned especially our automobile
We had about a dozen companies that made very good automobiles. In 1940 over
five million automobiles were made in the United States. That was more than
were made in all of the rest of the countries of the world combined. Also,
more steel was produced in Lake County Indiana in 1940 than was produced in
Germany, Italy and Japan combined. Hitler did not take his advice.
American automobile companies made more trucks and such vehicles. I carried
an M-1 carbine that was made by General Motors, drove tanks made by Henry
Ford’s Company and saw thousands of B-24 bombers fly over my head headed for
Germany. They destroyed the industry of the Ruhr thereby depriving Hitler’s
army of much needed equipment. Thousands of those bombers were made at
Ford’s Willow Run bomber plant.
Now, the American people themselves have destroyed the American Automobile
industry by buying cars made in Japan and Germany, many of them made by
companies that made weapons that were used to kill Americans.
Ford and General Motors are the only ones left and both are in bad trouble
because Americans are giving their money to foreign companies. When the next
all out war comes we will not have the capacity to produce armaments with
which to equip our armies. There is not even one shoe factory left in our
country. And I resent that Bill Clinton discarded our Overseas Cap that was
in use for so long and to buy millions of berets from his buddies in
Communist China. Most American industry has been destroyed by Americans. What
will we do in the end thereof?
Malcolm E. Anderson