It’s been 75 years since President Franklin Roosevelt gave his Arsenal of Democracy speech, which began mobilizing America’s automakers to build wartime equipment for our allies fighting in the European theater.
Chrysler was a huge part of the design and manufacturing process of military equipment, with production of the M3 Grand Tank, The Sherman Tanks, Bofors gun and plenty of WC-series trucks, they had a big part in fulfilling government orders. Chrysler built over 25,000 tanks during WWII out pacing the Germans, supplying our allies, and eventually U.S. troops, the equipment needed to defeat the Axis Powers.
FCA U.S. historian Brandt Rosenbusch put together a brief history of the Chrysler Corporations participation in the war effort. Watch all the historical footage of tanks coming off the assembly line, the huge undertaking of building a plant and equipment at the same time, the badass machines that supported the war effort and led to a victory.