The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Friday, October 16, 2009

How Detroit Won the War

I once heard a theory that four machines won World War II, and they were not fighters, bombers, battleships, tanks, guns or any other machine designed to actually "fight."  They were the workhorses:  the bulldozer, the GMC 2 1/2 ton truck, the landing craft, and the C-47 transport aircraft. 

Boing Boing just posted a link to a gallery of photos on the Life magazine site called How Detroit Won the War that reveals the industrial muscle that cranked out millions of these machines. 

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