Dodge in World War II

As a proud Dodge dealer Security Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram has seen things change for the brand over the years. However, nothing changed for the long time American automaker like it did when the United States entered World War II. The way the brand mobilized in defense of American freedom was almost unprecedented at the time and we would like to share that unique story with you, our readers.

In the days following the devastating attack by the Japanese on the Pacific Naval Fleet that was based in Pearl Harbor Hawaii Dodge immediately began to change the face of their largest manufacturing facility in Detroit. In a matter of days it seemed as though the factory had been changed to produce only military specific equipment such as the popular Dodge WC-56 combat vehicles among other specified projects as required by the military.

Of many military componentry produced during that time the majority was made up of artillery guns for use on bombers such as the B-24 Liberator and the B-17 Flying Fortress in the 8th and 15th Army Air Corps in Europe as well as gyrocompasses and mobile radar antennas to facilitate troop movements on the ground. During this time the Detroit Factory increased its workforce by two times what it had been previously with approximately 49,000 workers now helping the war effort. Because of this huge workforce Dodge built schools, a hospital and a fire department to help keep this population sustainable.

Only a year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dodge began work on building a new plant in Chicago that would stand as the largest building in the world when completed. This massive factory employed women as 75-percent of its workforce and worked primarily on producing massive 18-cylinder engines and componentry used to fly the large Boeing B-29 Superfortress which was a strategic bomber that assisted the U.S. immensely in the bombing campaigns of Japanese targets in the Pacific theatre.

Because of this wonderful commitment to the freedom of the United States and its people we are proud to be a new Dodge dealership. We invite you to come in today and let us share our passion for this all-American brand with you.

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