IBM and World War II
The story of IBM and World War II has been little researched. Below is one example of IBM's contribution to the war effort in the 1940's: Machine Records Units (MRUs) that made information available to commanders in the field that was an advantage so great orders were given out by the German High Command to capture one of these Machine Records Units with their personnel alive! There are many stories left to be researched and written.
This is a link to the story of U.S. Army Machine Records Units (MRUs) during World War II. By September of 1943, twenty-three percent of all IBMers had enlisted in the service of their country. This is a web page dedicated to telling the story of IBM and its support of its U.S. and Canadian veterans in the service.
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Peter E. Greulich is an author, publisher and public speaker.
He has written three books on IBM and three essays on Thomas J. Watson Sr.’s leadership during the Great Depression. His latest book, Think Again: IBM CAN Maximize Shareholder Value is a sweeping historical look at IBM that puts a spotlight on its current human resource practices in light of IBM’s time-tested, human-relationship achievements.
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