The American Automobile Industry in World War Two
An American Auto Industry Heritage Tribute
By David D Jackson

Overview      The U.S. Auto Industry at the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944    The U.S. Auto Industry and the B-29 Bomber   U.S. Auto Industry Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   The Complete listing of All Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   Sherman Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Tank Destroyers of the American Auto Industry    M26 Pershing Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Serial Numbers for WWII Tanks built by the American Auto Industry

    Automobile Manufacturers:  American Bantam Car Company   Checker   Chrysler   Crosley   Ford   General Motors   Graham-Paige   Hudson
   Nash-Kelvinator   Packard      Studebaker    Willys-Overland

General Motors Divisions
(Undergoing development) Aeroproducts   Brown-Lipe-Chapin   Buick   Cadillac   Chevrolet   Cleveland Diesel   Delco Appliance   Delco Products   Delco Radio   Delco-Remy   Detroit Diesel   Detroit Transmission   Electro-Motive   Fisher Body   Frigidaire   GM Proving Grounds   GM of Canada   GMC   GMI   Guide Lamp   Harrison Radiator   Hyatt Bearings   Inland   Moraine Products   New Departure   Oldsmobile   Packard Electric   Pontiac   Saginaw Malleable Iron   Saginaw Steering Gear   Southern California Division   Rochester Products   United Motors Service

Truck and Implement Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar  Diamond T   Caterpillar   Clark Equipment Company   Cleveland Tractor Company   Federal Motor Truck   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Massey-Harris   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   R.G. LeTourneau   Seagrave Fire Apparatus   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

Automotive Tire
   B.F. Goodrich    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
 Updates and Additions  


Chrysler Main Page   Dodge Trucks in World War Two   Dodge Trucks in Service with the Polish Army   Chrysler built M4A3 Sherman Photos   Chrysler built M4A4 Sherman Photos   Chrysler built M3 Lee/Grant Tank Photos   Detroit Tank Arsenal Photos   Chrysler Post WWII M60 Patton Tank Photos   Chrysler Post WWII M103 Heavy Tank Photos

Chrysler built M4 Sherman Tank Photos
Built at the Warren, MI Tank Arsenal

This page added 11-10-2016.

The M4 was just one of several types of tanks that Chrysler Warren built during WWII.  It is powered by a Continental radial R-975 aircraft engine.  The M3, M4A3 and M4A4A were also included in Chrysler's tank output during WWII. 

The Continental R-975 is the engine that defines the M4 Sherman tank.  Author's photo taken the Ropkey Armor Museum.

Author's photo.

Serial Number:  44272
US Registration Number:  30100506 
Date Built:  September 1943
Location:  Historic Fort Wayne, Detroit, MI
Date of Photo:  8-25-2013
This is an M4 composite, where the front glacis has been replaced by a cast piece.  This was to cut weld time, as a large percentage of the welding time was on the front glacis.  The rest of the tank is welded.  This is a one-of -a-kind prototype with the first 105mm gun installed.  The rest of the 105mm M4 tanks were all welded construction.  All of the remaining M4s composites were equipped with 75mm main guns. 

This photo was taken by the author at Historical Fort Wayne in Detroit, MI. 

Author's photo.

Author's photo.

The weld line between the front cast glacis and the sheet steel can be seen.  Author's photo.

The short barrel of the 105mm howitzer is evident in this photo.  Author's photo.




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