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

    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   Guide Lamp   Harrison Radiator   Hyatt Bearings   Inland   Moraine Products   New Departure   Oldsmobile   Packard Electric   Pontiac   Saginaw Malleable Iron   Southern California Division   Rochester Products   United Motors Service

Truck Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar  Diamond T   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

Automotive Tire
Manufacturers:
  Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
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 Producing More for Victory   Progress in Technology   One Million Browning Machine Guns  
General Motors Corporation in World War Two / WWII
Detroit, MI
1908-Current

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".

"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.

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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 products.


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 Gear.

 

 

 

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