World War II may have occurred over 70 years ago, but the memory of the war continues to haunt, terrify, and fascinate the minds of the general public. Countless books, documentaries, movies, television shows, and more have been created based on the tragic conflict. For the automobile industry, the war was not only a major factor in the innovation of new technology, but also the cause of a nationwide halt in the production of civilian vehicles following President Roosevelt’s famous Arsenal of Democracy speech. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was one of many car manufacturers that stopped production of civilian cars in order to make contributions to the production of war materials, and recently, FCA announced the release of a short documentary about the time period.
Named “Arsenal of Democracy” after Roosevelt’s words, the documentary covers Chrysler’s involvement with the creation of military vehicles. Though the Axis powers laughed at Roosevelts’ production goals, auto manufacturers still managed to accomplish them. Detroit alone managed to create 10% of the tools used in the second World War. The sheer number of military tools produced during that time period had never been seen before — or since.
The documentary was released in honor of the 75th anniversary of Roosevelts’ Arsenal of Democracy speech. The six-minute feature, narrated by historian Brandt Rosenbusch, provides viewers with a closer look at the war vehicles FCA crafted during one of history’s most dramatic production pushes.