Ford F-150 Is 'Most American Made' Two Years in a Row

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The 2014 Ford F-150 was named as the most American-made vehicle for the second year in a row by Cars.com in its annual American-Made Index report. Each year the AMI calculates a top 10 list of the vehicles made in the U.S. that offer the most U.S.-made content. A vehicle needs to have at least 75 percent of its content made in the U.S. to qualify, then factors in where the vehicle was assembled and U.S. sales.

This year the F-150 (built outside Kansas City, Mo., and in Dearborn, Mich.) just nudged ahead of the Toyota Camry (built in Georgetown, Ky., and Lafayette, Ind.), which was also the runner-up last year.

A total of three pickups made the list this year. Besides the F-150, the Toyota Tundra finished fifth and the Honda Ridgeline came in at No. 8. Interestingly, only 10 vehicles qualified this year, and the trend seems to be fewer qualifying cars each year, with 14 vehicles qualifying in 2013, 20 vehicles in 2012 and 30 in 2011.

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I don't know how the U.A.W let a lot of American assembly jobs go to MEXICO. I have asked them on their Facebook page with NO answer. : (

@DeverMike/Paul/Tom Lemon/Greg Baird/TRX4Tom/Dave/Hemi V8/Tom Terrific/sandman 4x4/lautenslager/zveria/Bob/US Truck Driver/Glenn/Jason/Hemi Rampage/smartest truck guy/Maxx/SuperDuty37/Ken/Ron/johnny doe/jim/ALL1/Frank/Idahoe Joe/The Guy/AD/Casey/papa jim/Young Guy/BeeBe/Steve/Chris/The truck guy/Alex/Mr Chow/Yessir/All Americans/Scott/Buy American or say Bye to America/Ram Big Horn 1500/Hemi Monster/Tom Wilkinson at Chevy/mark49/Tom#3/Truck Crazy or whoever you want to call yourself.

Quit the crap, really.

It's getting long in the tooth.

You want to debate, but it has to be on your terms.

Learn to debate with good information, then we might be able to have a decent debate.

Opinions are good, but if they are only your view to support the UAW, then how good are they. Look at what you guys have done to Detroit.

Terror tactics (union tactics) don't work on me.

If PUTC wants the UAW or whatever to control this site I suppose it's their decision.

It's not kids like I've been told by PUTC.

Amazazung how the "Japanese" Tundra beats the "Amerian" Ram and GM twins.....

You must mean amazing the Japanese Tundra beats the Italian RAM. Chrysler is an Italian company now.

Interesting that 7 of 10 are non Union plants. 2 of 3 Union made are relatively low volume. Not a great showing for the Union Brotherhood.

Not only did Gm steal our money, they used it on Chinese parts

The title is all wrong it should read "Ford F-150 Is 'Most Junkiest Truck Made' 80 Years in a Row"

Ford sucks GM leads industry with most American-Made vehicles for two years in a row.

http://media.gm.com/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2014/Apr/0416-american-made.html

This goes to show that "buy America" is highly subjective and highly variable.
The automotive industry is global in scope. Parts come from the lowest bidder which could be anywhere in the world.

There is zero guarantee that a so called American badge will yield an American product.

7 of the Top 10 are transplants i.e. Japanese brands.

A domestic vehicle is defined not by badge or flag of head office but by the soil that the manufacturing facility sits upon.

This excerpt from cars.com shows why the USA has been sluggish to recover from the 2008 collapse:

"That's because only these 10 cars were eligible for the AMI, the fewest in the study's nine-year history. For the 2014 model year, just 13 models assembled in the U.S. have domestic-parts content of 75 percent or higher, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but three of those, including the Avenger, were disqualified because they're being discontinued. In the 2013 model year, 14 cars met that threshold. Twenty cars met the threshold in the 2012 model year, and 30 cars met it a year before that."

Out of all of the vehicles sold in the USA only 10 qualified with greater than 75% domestic content.

In 2012 there were 30 vehicles.

Automation and cheap foreign labour is killing the middle class.

You must mean amazing the Japanese Tundra beats the Italian RAM. Chrysler is an Italian company now.


Posted by: Montesa_VR | Jun 30, 2014 1:12:37 PM

CHRYSLER IS AN AMERICAN BRAND OWNED BY FIAT

Hemi V8: What is the world is going on here?
Dave: F-150 is the most American made two years in a row!
Hemi V8: How'd you do that?
Dave: Hey, man. That's just how we roll......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbxuXq_981s

This is how we roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Automation and cheap foreign labour is killing the middle class.

@Lou BC

Did automation and cheap imports kill the middle class in the UK? Britain subsidized their auto industry for decades and the plants still failed to compete.

I think innovation is the answer for American workers and companies. The companies that are the most innovative will lead in the next ten years.

@DeverMike/Paul/Tom Lemon/Greg Baird/TRX4Tom/Dave/Hemi V8/Tom Terrific/sandman 4x4/lautenslager/zveria/Bob/US Truck Driver/Glenn/Jason/Hemi Rampage/smartest truck guy/Maxx/SuperDuty37/Ken/Ron/johnny doe/jim/ALL1/Frank/Idahoe Joe/The Guy/AD/Casey/papa jim/Young Guy/BeeBe/Steve/Chris/The truck guy/Alex/Mr Chow/Yessir/All Americans/Scott/Buy American or say Bye to America/Ram Big Horn 1500/Hemi Monster/Tom Wilkinson at Chevy/mark49/Tom#3/Truck Crazy or whoever you want to call yourself.

Quit the crap, really.

It's getting long in the tooth.

You want to debate, but it has to be on your terms.

Learn to debate with good information, then we might be able to have a decent debate.

Opinions are good, but if they are only your view to support the UAW, then how good are they. Look at what you guys have done to Detroit.

Terror tactics (union tactics) don't work on me.

If PUTC wants the UAW or whatever to control this site I suppose it's their decision.

It's not kids like I've been told by PUTC.

@DeverMike/Paul/Tom Lemon/Greg Baird/TRX4Tom/Dave/Hemi V8/Tom Terrific/sandman 4x4/lautenslager/zveria/Bob/US Truck Driver/Glenn/Jason/Hemi Rampage/smartest truck guy/Maxx/SuperDuty37/Ken/Ron/johnny doe/jim/ALL1/Frank/Idahoe Joe/The Guy/AD/Casey/papa jim/Young Guy/BeeBe/Steve/Chris/The truck guy/Alex/Mr Chow/Yessir/All Americans/Scott/Buy American or say Bye to America/Ram Big Horn 1500/Hemi Monster/Tom Wilkinson at Chevy/mark49/Tom#3/Truck Crazy or whoever you want to call yourself.

Quit the crap, really.

It's getting long in the tooth.

You want to debate, but it has to be on your terms.

Learn to debate with good information, then we might be able to have a decent debate.

Opinions are good, but if they are only your view to support the UAW, then how good are they. Look at what you guys have done to Detroit.

Terror tactics (union tactics) don't work on me.

If PUTC wants the UAW or whatever to control this site I suppose it's their decision.

It's not kids like I've been told by PUTC.

Customer: Is the F-150 "The Most American Made Pickup"?
Ford Salesman: I don't know but if it is will you buy it today?

Is NAFTA, read Mexico considered "Made in America". Sort of like Australia claiming Thai utes are Australian. We are part of a FTA.

4 out of 5 vehicle in the UK are exported something of a dream in the US.

http://www.smmt.co.uk/industry-topics/economy/#responsiveTabs1

Someone made the statement regarding the UK industry. This person should research his comments for accuracy. His comment displays his ignorance regarding trade and business.

The UK auto industry is booming. Since most of the UK auto manufacturers were sold off they have become profitable with much less subsidisation than their competitors and counterparts in the NAFTA region (USA).

As for subsidisation of vehicle production the US pickup is the most protected and subsidised vehicle in the OECD. The UK doesn't have no where's near the level of protection for any vehicle it manufactures, but yet exports 80% of what it produces. Not bad for a failing industry.

So, guys and would be financial advisors make sure you have your ducks in a row before making ridiculous and baseless claims, especially when you don't have a clue.

Sort of similar to "there is a full size F-150 pickup market in Spain". quote, unquote.

Last Ridgeline rolled off the line last week

Is NAFTA, read Mexico considered "Made in America". Sort of like Australia claiming Thai utes are Australian. We are part of a FTA.

4 out of 5 vehicle in the UK are exported something of a dream in the US.

http://www.smmt.co.uk/industry-topics/economy/#responsiveTabs1

Someone made the statement regarding the UK industry. This person should research his comments for accuracy. His comment displays his ignorance regarding trade and business.

The UK auto industry is booming. Since most of the UK auto manufacturers were sold off they have become profitable with much less subsidisation than their competitors and counterparts in the NAFTA region (USA).

As for subsidisation of vehicle production the US pickup is the most protected and subsidised vehicle in the OECD. The UK doesn't have no where's near the level of protection for any vehicle it manufactures, but yet exports 80% of what it produces. Not bad for a failing industry.

So, guys and would be financial advisors make sure you have your ducks in a row before making ridiculous and baseless claims, especially when you don't have a clue.

Sort of similar to "there is a full size F-150 pickup market in Spain". quote, unquote.

Is NAFTA, read Mexico considered "Made in America". Sort of like Australia claiming Thai utes are Australian. We are part of a FTA.

4 out of 5 vehicle in the UK are exported something of a dream in the US.

http://www.smmt.co.uk/industry-topics/economy/#responsiveTabs1

Someone made the statement regarding the UK industry. This person should research his comments for accuracy. His comment displays his ignorance regarding trade and business.

The UK auto industry is booming. Since most of the UK auto manufacturers were sold off they have become profitable with much less subsidisation than their competitors and counterparts in the NAFTA region (USA).

As for subsidisation of vehicle production the US pickup is the most protected and subsidised vehicle in the OECD. The UK doesn't have no where's near the level of protection for any vehicle it manufactures, but yet exports 80% of what it produces. Not bad for a failing industry.

So, guys and would be financial advisors make sure you have your ducks in a row before making ridiculous and baseless claims, especially when you don't have a clue.

Sort of similar to "there is a full size F-150 pickup market in Spain". quote, unquote.

Is NAFTA, read Mexico considered "Made in America". Sort of like Australia claiming Thai utes are Australian. We are part of a FTA.

4 out of 5 vehicle in the UK are exported something of a dream in the US.

http://www.smmt.co.uk/industry-topics/economy/#responsiveTabs1

Someone made the statement regarding the UK industry. This person should research his comments for accuracy. His comment displays his ignorance regarding trade and business.

The UK auto industry is booming. Since most of the UK auto manufacturers were sold off they have become profitable with much less subsidisation than their competitors and counterparts in the NAFTA region (USA).

As for subsidisation of vehicle production the US pickup is the most protected and subsidised vehicle in the OECD. The UK doesn't have no where's near the level of protection for any vehicle it manufactures, but yet exports 80% of what it produces. Not bad for a failing industry.

So, guys and would be financial advisors make sure you have your ducks in a row before making ridiculous and baseless claims, especially when you don't have a clue.

Sort of similar to "there is a full size F-150 pickup market in Spain". quote, unquote.

RIP Ridgie...

The criticism here of the UAW is both unwarranted and unfair. I find it ironic that certain people here who do not live in this country have come here to lecture us on what constitutes an American pickup.

What's so amazing about that Tundra? Gas mileage was ok for 2007, it's not 2007 anymore.

Rides like a horse and buggy.

They brag of being overbuilt, but in the last shootout, they quite simply sucked.

Hell, my step ma hit a tree in her 07 Prius head on, totaled it. Too bad the air bags DID NOT even open. She said she wants another one, even though safer/better cars are available that are made in the states, instead of 100% Japan.

It's funny, the Ram is more NORTH AMERICAN then the Tundra, about 92% NA content, while the Tundra is what 74% US and Canada, and the majority of that leftover 26% is probably MADE IN JAPAN, like where those crappy air bags were made for Toyota and all...

@hemiv8.

Because they are. Lazy.

@johnny doe

This site is called pickuptrucks.com The 1500 twins are GMs number one selling vehicle like the f serise is ford's yet they arent on high on the list for made in america they have a 40% american content but still significantly impact our economny in other ways, home office r&d etc.

Another thing GM is miss leading people when they say they have 18 models on the top ten there are sevaral vehicels that are technicaly the same and have corperate twins like the Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon/Escalade are the same vehicle as are the Enclave/Traverse/Acadia/ Acadia Denali. Thats the problemb with that index and GM having repatative brands and Naming the Short wheel base suburban a Tahoe and changing the GMC line to Yukon i rember a time when all full size 4 door GM SUVs where called suburbans from about 1935-1994 , if calling vehicles of diffrent wheel bases different vehicles and premium trim (Acadia and Acadia Denali) then ford would dominate F150 reguarl cab, super cab , supper crew, F150 HD payload , King Ranch , Platinum, Limited, Tremor, Raptor. Thats nine and we will leave a space for the sting ray to round out the top ten.

Also theres a problemb with the Way the rankings are calculated when two things tie for first there is no second only third since if there was a tie breaker one vehicle would be first and the other second there can only be 10 in the top ten.
1st (Tie) F-Series and Corvett
3rd Enclave/Traverse/Acadia/Acadai Denali
4th (Tie) Equinox/Terrian and CTS
6th (Tie) Express/Savana and Malibu/Impala/LaCrosse
8th (Tie) Mustang and Taurus and Suburban/Tahoe/Escalde/Yukon and ATS
That brings the total to 11 with Ties and GM having 8 vehicle families and Ford Having 3 vehicle families

Who gives a rip where it's made. Buy the one that will last the longest with the fewest repairs and get the best resale. Those plant workers aren't going to pay your out of pocket expenses when you're in the repair shop. I don't think anyone grows up wanting to be a Ford or GM, etc, worker. It's a damn job and like any other job it just pays the bills. All this gotta buy American crap has gone down the wayside. Too much globalization in the world.

@DenverMike
Are you spinning and trolling again?

A Colorado can carry 3 080lbs.

What does a 2013 Ford F-250SRW 4x4 172.4"wb carry? 3 020lbs.

http://media.ford.com/images/10031/2013_SuperDuty_Specs.pdf

So Mr UAW, I gave a link.

Also, DenverDunce, interpret what I have written, don't put spin on it and troll like a loser.

Before you answer research and read what a person writes and don't try and take this out of context again.

Remember, this issue is what started your Denverdumbass multi posts.

You are one full of $hit individual.

Who cares! Still not going to buy one!

@papa jim,
Could not agree more. Innovation world leading innovation can help save the US Industry
The British industry in Thatchers time was a class ridden industry where management and labour where at each other's throats. Investment in new technology was poorly managed and almost non-existent in some cases. Sound familiar.
That industry rose from the ashes of British Leyland, on the back of major investment in new cutting edge technologies . Now the "dead" British Industry produces more cars than France,
.

@Robert Ryan
Technology and the the management of technology is the crux of the matter.

The US isn't like the UK as the US doesn't have a large export market considering the size of it's market.

Again, we are talking about lifting restrictive trade like the UK had done to increase and rebuild it's auto industry.

Maybe selling off another US manufacturer might improve the US situation. The UK auto manufacturers improved by selling off it's assets overseas.

Jobs are jobs, irrespective of who owns the business at the end of the day.

Even in the US the "foreign" manufacturers have a far better manufacturing model than than Detroit. They haven't gone broke. They seem better able to adjust to a changing manufacturing and trade environment.

Why shouldn't they, they are true globalised manufacturers. Not regional or local (protected).

@Papa Jim the UK still makes lots of cars and Car parts there just arent any britished owned large scale auto makers BMW owns MINI and Roll Royce, Tata owns Land Rover and Jaguar, VW owns Bently (wich is owned by Porsche) Watch Top gear Serise 20 episode 6 on Netflix and educate your self.

@Big Al From OZ it is nice that in the UK that one can buy any vehicle you want as long as you can afford all the taxes. you cannot bring a land rover defender t-6 ranger to the US or customs will crush it, but to say that the chicken tax is protecting the full size pickup is nuts yes those trucks make the big three huge proffits but i dont think they find it worth wile to eginieer a vehicle that they dont think will sell well, look at how many D40 Navvara/Frontiers Nissan Sells and other than the Tacoma they are the only ones left in the market till the new GMs debut. Look at what sells in ameraica Big Al, Supper Crew, Mega Cab, Crew Max etc. very few people are buying regualr cab trucks Ford Tremors havent been flying of the lot like Raptors have, in fact Dealers dont order Raptors that arent Crew Cab for their inventory you have to special order and extended cab one. Another thing Going For american Trucks is width, if you want to fit 3 in the back you can comfortably for long drives and when you look at american car seat laws try fitting a rear facing car seat and a booster seet in the back of a crew cab mid sizer, its not that easy i had a freind sell his tacoma cause he couldnt get the back seat to acomidat both child seats. Thats why americans are buying bigger trucks , its for bigger cabs, My Etended Cab raptor is all i need and its nice that i can fit 5 people it it abite less leg room, and do so regularly. My only hope is that the next F150 will have the T-6s Dura Tourqe engine as that engine meets emissions in the Transit. I seriously belive that if there where a market for that truck than Ford would bring it here.

Way to go FORD!! The best trucks ever made! ram spam is now fiat, and gm has just recalled another 7 million today!! Is there a country called recall cause that's where gm is based.

This is so sad for Chevrolet Motor Company (or what's left of it). Thanks (or NO thanks) GM/GMC. IE: Government Motors Company. GM/GMC apologists can sink with Obama's ship in history as far as I'm concerned. A 'Denali' trim means jack. It should have been Chevrolet's since day one anyway.

These days, I say let Chevrolet die by GM/GMC's hand. Long live One Ford. A real company, a real brand, the real deal... Piss on GM/GMC. And by default, the demoted Chevrolet. If the powers that be had a clue, Chevrolet would have exited GM/GMC long long ago. One Chevrolet would be dominating by now. Instead, Chevrolet falls into the gutter by the hand of evil GM/GMC and Buick cronies. How nice... Better off going to Ford or Dodge now. More options and better looking trucks.

In a perfect world, Chevrolet Motors would dump GM/GMC and pick up where they left off in 1972.

The one world economy started in the late 1970's even the food you buy in a supermarket is imported, I don't think any bearings are U.S. made anymore. In World War 2 Germany had one factory that produced all the bearings and when we bombed it brought down Germany's war production.
Buy American doesn't work anymore cause not much is made in America anymore, it's no big deal
I would like to know what percent of recycled material is a truck made from.
How many empty beer cans were used to make the 2015 F-150?
Can I special order a 2015 F-150 not painted with a natural aluminum bare metal?
Wouldn't that be wild looking? Clean it like your aluminum kitchen sink with Comet Cleanser.

@papa jim - I do agree that inovation is lacking. It is cheaper to outsource than inovate.
The drive to succeed that existed post WW2/Post Great Depression is lacking.
Maybe people need to go through another Great Depression to understand what it is like to go without and to understand that others will not solve problems for them.

@carilloskis
They did a quick test of a RHD Tundra here and the site said was it worth double of the price of an ancient Hilux? This Tundra had everything you could think of optioned .To sum up it was a very comfortable and bigger SUV, much greater towing and power better NVH, than the old Hilux. Downsides were strangely a lot. Cornering and handling was not as good as a Landcruiser SUV, payload was tiny even compared to a Hilux, ride was not very good on corrugations or potholes, much harsher than the Hilux. Off Road ability very limited.Most people here get diesel 3/4 or 1tons converted not 1/2tons.

@@Papa Jim - England at one time was a super power. They did not have much in the way of resources and had to rely on "the Empire" for them. I do believe that they also lost their drive to be competitive and to be inovative. Thet were highly dependant on their navy and military to keep the economy going.
The USA is heading down a similar path but the USA has the resources to avoid some of the problems that faced England. A dependance on the military and spending for the military is one of the biggest problems facing the USA as they de-industrialize or more specifically allow the de-industrialization of the nation.
An economy based on service industries will not keep the economy going.

@Big Al from Oz - IIRC only Canadian vehicles and parts are counted as "American content".
NAFTA zone products are exempt from things like the Chicken tax.

The bottom line is the u.s gov has to many rules and regulations for a American co to compete with co's from japan china and other countries.

America will never be able to compete until it taxes foreign co's to sell here like japan does with American cars. How many ford japan factories is there.

@ homo monster & all fiat pole smokers

"NHTSA investigating Ram 1500 models for rear differential failure"

http://m.autoblog.com/2014/06/30/nhtsa-investigating-ram-1500-models-rear-differential-failure/?post=1&icid=autoblog_river_article

@Duke - Speaking about rear differential failure...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHmvkRoEowc

@ paul - I'm sure that the Japanese are chomping at the bit to drive 20 ft long pickups that get 18 litres per 100km.

@Lou BC

1. Your remarks about Britain and the US surprised me a little because they did not mention the many generations of wealth acquisition that took place in those countries.

Today that process is taking place in China, instead.

2. When I remarked about innovation I was thinking about the fact that Apple sells its innovative products without any regard for where they are manufactured. The average person with an iPhone probably doesn't know (or care) that it's made in China.

America can still be a net exporter of energy, and more importantly the expertise needed to extract oil, coal and gas efficiently. As a country we allowed people to make decisions back in the 1970s and 1980s regarding oil production that we are still "paying for" today.

@papa jim - pre WW1 and WW2 most wealth acquisition occurred through colonization which one can view as invasion and territorial occupation without formal declaration of war.

North America was colonized by the French, English, and Spanish. They indirectly were responsible for decimating the aboriginals that occupied the land. A sense of religious, technological, and racial superiority rationalized the whole process.
This process also occurred in Africa, Asia, Central and South America.

The acquisition of wealth was at the expense of other races and cultures.

The USA cannot do the same thing as those countries but has been accused of its own form of Imperialism.

American Imperialism has taken the form of economic, military, and cultural influence upon other countries.

@papa jim - World War I was an extremely bloody war that engulfed Europe from 1914 to 1919, with huge losses of life and little ground lost or won. Fought mostly by soldiers in trenches, World War I saw an estimated 10 million military deaths and another 20 million wounded. While many hoped that World War I would be "the war to end all wars," in actuality, the concluding peace treaty set the stage for World War II.

The spark that started World War I was the assassination of Austria's Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie. The assassination occurred on June 28, 1914 while Ferdinand was visiting the city of Sarajevo in the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Although Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the nephew of Austria's emperor and heir-apparent to the throne, was not very well liked by most, his assassination by a Serb nationalist was viewed as a great excuse to attack Austria-Hungary's troublesome neighbor, Serbia.

However, instead of reacting quickly to the incident, Austria-Hungary made sure they had the backing of Germany, with whom they had a treaty, before they proceeded. This gave Serbia time to get the backing of Russia, with whom they had a treaty.

@papa jim - Germany didn't want to fight both Russia in the east and France in the west, so they enacted their long-standing Schlieffen Plan. The Schlieffen Plan was created by Alfred Graf von Schlieffen, who was the chief of the German general staff from 1891 to 1905.
Schlieffen believed that it would take about six weeks for Russia to mobilize their troops and supplies. So, if Germany placed a nominal number of soldiers in the east, the majority of Germany's soldiers and supplies could be used for a quick attack in the west.

Since Germany was facing this exact scenario of a two-front war at the beginning of World War I, Germany decided to enact the Schlieffen Plan. While Russia continued to mobilize, Germany decided to attack France by going through neutral Belgium. Since Britain had a treaty with Belgium, the attack on Belgium officially brought Britain into the war.

While Germany was enacting its Schlieffen Plan, the French enacted their own prepared plan, called Plan XVII. This plan was created in 1913 and called for quick mobilization in response to a German attack through Belgium.

As German troops moved south into France, French and British troops tried to stop them. At the end of the First Battle of the Marne, fought just north of Paris in September 1914, a stalemate was reached. The Germans, who had lost the battle, had made a hasty retreat and then dug in. The French, who couldn't dislodge the Germans, then also dug in. Since neither side could force the other to move, each side's trenches became increasingly elaborate. For the next four years, the troops would fight from these trenches.

@papa jim - The Allies needed help and they were hoping that the United States, with its vast resources of men and materials, would join on their side. However, for years, the U.S. had clung to their idea of isolationism. Plus, the U.S. just didn't want to be involved in a war that seemed so far away and that didn't seem to affect them in any great way.
However, there were two major events that changed American public opinion about the war. The first occurred in 1915, when a German U-boat (submarine) sunk the British ocean liner RMS Lusitania. Considered by Americans to be a neutral ship that carried mostly passengers, Americans were furious when the Germans sank it, especially since 159 of the passengers were Americans.

The second was the Zimmermann Telegram. In early 1917, Germany sent Mexico a coded message promising portions of U.S. land in return for Mexico joining World War I against the United States. The message was intercepted by Britain, translated, and shown to the United States. This brought the war to U.S. soil, giving the U.S. a real reason to enter the war on the side of the Allies.

On April 6, 1917, the United States officially declared war on Germany.

As the United States was entering World War I, Russia was getting ready to get out.

In 1917, Russia became swept up in an internal revolution that removed the czar from power. The new communist government, wanting to focus on internal troubles, sought a way to remove Russia from World War I. Negotiating separately from the rest of the Allies, Russia signed the Brest-Litovsk peace treaty with Germany on March 3, 1918.

With the war in the east ended, Germany was able to divert those troops to the west in order to face the new American soldiers.

@papa jim - that's all for now Jimmy...now go to bed and tomorrow night I will tell you all about the Armistice and the Versailles Treaty...now close the lights and go to sleep.

Ford...best truck period!



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