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Detroit Tank Arsenal
Operated by Chrysler,
US Tank Command, and General Dynamics
This page updated 11-30-2017.
The former Detroit Tank Arsenal, actually
located in Warren, MI is most famous for its production the 22,234 tanks
Chrysler produced there from 1941 to 1945. After WWII,
as can be seen in the table below, it produced more tanks, not all of
them by Chrysler. Also, Chrysler's portion of M48 tanks were built
at its Newark, DE plant. Today, as the photos show below, the
former tank arsenal has been modernized, with all of the former windows
covered with sheet metal. It is now the home of several commercial
Production at the Detroit Arsenal, Warren, MI
were ever used operationally. A Ford GAN engine drove an
electric generator that powered two electric drive motors.
had a 90mm main gun.
was the howitzer version of the M26.
WWII the government took back control of the Government Owned
Detroit Tank Arsenal. In May 1951 the Detroit Tank Arsenal
began production of the M47. In July 1952 Chrysler was
asked to come in and manage the production of the M47.
Production of the of the 3,443 was out of a total of either 8576
production at Detroit Arsenal
Chrysler's Newark, DE tank plant built~ 6,000 of 11,703 M48
Initial production of 360 was started at Newark, DE, but production was
moved back Detroit after a few units were made.
Unknown - A portion of 5,000
Shared Production with Lima Tank Depot, Lima, OH.
Production of the M1 started at Lima by Chrysler in 1980.
General Dynamics then purchased the tank business in 1982.
Because Lima could not meet production schedule, General
Ownership transferred to the city of Warren, MI
The Detroit Tank Arsenal Today
The Detroit Tank Arsenal in 1941-42
Chrysler built the M3 Lee/Grant from April
1941 to August 1942. Note that the entire exterior is all glass,
and that the M3 is coming out a little door in the side of the building.
This set of overalls from the Warren Tank Arsenal are on display at the
the Michigan Military Technical and History Society Museum in
Eastpointe, MI. Author's photo added 2-21-2017.
The Tanks of the Detroit Arsenal 1941-1996
The Warren Tank Arsenal won the Army-Navy
"E" Award four times in WWII.
A Chrysler built M3. It is serial
number 4444 and was built in July 1942.
A Chrysler built M4(105) composite. This is the only M4 composite
with a 105mm howitzer, as it was the prototype for the Chrysler built
series of 105 Shermans. It is serial number 44272 and was built in
A Chrysler built M4A4. It is serial
number 21169 and was built in July 1943. Photo Courtesy of David
A Chrysler built M4A3E8(105). It is
serial number 65404 and was built in January 1945.
A Chrysler built M4A3E8(76). The
serial number and build date are unknown.
This M26 Pershing, serial number 2018, was
by Chrysler built in July 1945.
The M47 was built by several manufacturers.
M47s like this were built at the Warren Tank Arsenal, originally by the
Tank Command, and then by Chrysler.
A Chrysler built M60. The serial
number and build date are unknown.
This M60 actually has the Chrysler nameplate
on it. This is rare.
The M1 and M1A1 were built at both the Warren Tank Arsenal and the Lima,
OH Tank Depot. It is unknown whether this M1A1 was built by
General Dynamics at Warren.