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The Start of World War One

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1287484.  Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:52 pm Reply with quote

tetsabb wrote:
'Great' as in 'large', I guess, rather than 'terrific'. I doubt anyone had a 'great' time between 1914 & 1918

I can now say with some certainty that one Mr Henry Ford of Detroit had a fairly good time twixt those years. His profits from selling motor vehicles during that time were reckoned to be $10,000,000. That was the figure in 1918, what that equals today I don't know, but probably quite a lot!

I read this in a book about the Unknown Soldier memorials set up after the war. Apparently, Mr Ford was reluctant to let any of that money go towards the US memorial, and only agreed after considerable public condemnation.

As Jeremy Clarkson once said of him "a deeply unpleasant man".


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