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Mopar During the WarPage Title: Mopar During the War Meta Desc: During World War II, essentially all of Chrysler's facilities were devoted to building vehicles and systems. In that respect, Chrysler ranked eighth among United States corporations in the military value of wartime production contracts.

War has been and will almost always be considered a low point in society for most cases. For Mopar, however, its was the start for a milestone in an industrial automotive domination. The Dodge Brothers trucks used in General Pershing's battles in prewar Mexico Established the first ever military vehicle: the Jeffrey Quad 4x4. Dodge Brothers cars and howitzers had tremendous value for the U.S. Military during WWI. During World War II and the Korean Conflict, one of the biggest American fighting tools was the reworked Bantam Reconnaissance Vehicle, which was eventually known as the Jeep. As this vehicle took on the Jeep name, it held a great reputation during the war. Beyond the war, it has taken on an identity of its own. Today, it has been called the grandfather of all SUVs.

Even as Chrysler Corporation engineered automobile technologies, Mopar became a major force in military defense production. During World War II, Chrysler gave its first opportunity to prove its manufacturing mettle.

It didn't disappoint.

Chrysler demonstrated a patriotic dedication to the manufacture of defense materials during the early 1940s and late 1950s, which is exactly the determination the American military needed at that time. Chrysler also made great strides in production efficiency during the war, increasing both cost effectiveness and time efficiency. This extended beyond the manufacturing of cars and into aircraft and nuclear weapons development, among other fields.

By the end of WWII, the Detroit Arsenal built more tanks than all of the Third Reich during the war years. These were the very tanks roared through enemy lines all the way to Hitler's Berlin.

The Chrysler Tank Arsenal in Warren, MI was awarded an Excellence Award, which was among the most prestigious awards available at the time. There were a total of 6,258 M3 tanks built during WWII to be used in the war effort. Of those, Chrysler manufactured 3,352 (53%) of them. When it comes to the M4 Sherman series tanks, Mopar built 17,947 (36%) of 49,234 used in the effort. Towards the end of the war, Chrysler additionally manufactured about 473 T26E3/M26 and nearly 185 T26E2/M45 tanks. Mopar also produced 250 T23 medium tanks, bringing the total of tanks built by Mopar at the Detroit Tank Arsenal to 22,207, which was outstanding by every measure.

In Conclusion

During World War II, essentially all of Chrysler's facilities were devoted to building vehicles and systems. In that respect, Chrysler ranked eighth among United States corporations in the military value of wartime production contracts. Following the war, Chrysler was able to parlay new production efficiencies into personal and commercial vehicles for American and global citizens alike.

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