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One Million Browning Machine Guns
General Motors Corporation
in World War Two / WWII
This page added 11-17-2015.
Note that this is not an annual report to
the stockholders, as is the normal use for an annual report. It is
a report to the employees of General Motors at the end of a tumultuous
first year of war for the United States. After the Pearl Harbor
attack in December of 1941 the US suffered many setbacks until the
victory at Midway in May 1942. That was only the beginning as there was still
a long road ahead, and GM was showing its employees how their individual
efforts were taking the country "Toward Victory".
General Motors 1942 Annual Report to Employees
One of the 60,000 GM employees was my father
who was drafted into the 88th Infantry Division. At some point in
the war he carried an M1 carbine built by either the
Inland or Saginaw Steering Gear Divisions of GM.
General Motors supplied through its numerous
divisions a wide assortment of needed war goods.
During WWII General Motors made four types
of aircraft engines, supplied major components for B-25 and B-29 bombers, built TBM and FM-1 and FM-2 aircraft for the US Navy, and produced 38,000
tanks and tank destroyers. This is just a few of its many wartime
Three General Motors Divisions produced
diesel engines that were used in submarines, tanks, LSTs and the Higgins
Boats or Landing Craft, Vehicle Personnel, that landed on the Normandy
Beaches on D-Day.
Chevrolet and GMC provided needed trucks for
the US Army during WWII.
During 1942 the following General Motors plants
received either the Army-Navy "E" for Excellence Award or the Navy "E"
Award: AC Spark Plug, Allison, Buick Flint, Buick Melrose Park,
Cadillac, Chevrolet Buffalo, Chevrolet Gear and Axle, Chevrolet
Tonawanda, Cleveland Diesel, Delco-Products, Delco-Remy Anderson,
Delco-Remy Muncie, Delco-Remy Yellow Springs, Electro-Motive, Fisher
Body Memphis, Fisher Body Die and Machine, Fisher Body Flint, Fisher
Body Grand Blanc, Frigidaire, Guide Lamp, GM Proving Ground, Harrison
Radiator, Hyatt, Inland, Moraine Products, New Departure, Oldsmobile,
Packard Electric, Pontiac, Rochester Products, and Saginaw Steering