This post serves as a follow-up to an earlier post called What Happened to World War II? Earlier this year, we shared a post about automobile companies during World War II. In honor of Memorial Day, we’d like to return to this topic once again. Since we are still currently processing, new items are being discovered each day. On this particular topic, we have recently unearthed several books. All of these titles include large quantities of photographic material and reproductions of period advertisements. (Don’t forget that the books are the only part of the collection currently open for use, so feel free to come visit the Library to use any of the books listed below.)
First we have VW Beetle at War (Pam 2012.0301) by Dr. Hans-Georg Mayer. This publication is a part of the German Trucks & Cars in World War II series. Its forty-seven pages are heavily illustrated with black and white photos documenting the Beetle during World War II.
Another booklet in the German Trucks & Cars in World War II series is called Opel at War (Pam 2012.0302) by Eckhart Bartels. Similarly to the Beetle volume, the booklet contains photographs of Adam Opel AG cars during World War II. It highlights the fact that despite a lack of specialized military vehicles in the Opel line-up, Opel vehicles were still heavily utilized.
Oldsmobile: A War Years Pictorial (f UA18.U5 E23 1997) by Helen J. Earley and James R. Walkinshaw does not focus entirely on World War II, but includes additional chapters on World War I, The Korean War, and a short chapter call “The Years After” focusing on Oldsmobile’s post Korean War activities. In addition to photographs, this volume includes extensive reproductions of period advertisements.
The last item I have for you returns to focusing solely on World War II, but moves away from the specific company accounts of wartime efforts. This title is called Detroit Goes to War: The American Automobile Industry in World War II (HF6161.A9 W79 1993) by V. Dennis Wrynn. Chapters are broken down to cover specific time periods and there are chapters for 1940-1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, and 1945.
Come to Hagley Library to view any of these items.
Emily Cottle was project archivist/cataloger for the Z. Taylor Vinson Collection at Hagley Museum and Library.