Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently released this mini documentary focusing on Chrysler’s contributions to the war effort during WW2 in recognition of the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s historic Arsenal of Democracy radio broadcast on December 29, 1940. President Franklin Roosevelt began mobilizing America’s automakers to help build and supply wartime equipment to our allies fighting in Europe. This documentary is narrated by FCA US historian Brandt Rosenbusch, who looks back at Chrysler Corporation's participation in the war effort, and the video features many vintage images of the tanks and trucks being built on the assembly line.
The spending on military production was distributed 32% for aircraft, 14.8% for ships, 25.6% for ordnance (guns, ammunition and military vehicles), 4.9% for electronics, and the remaining 22.7% for fuels, clothing, construction materials, and food.
Chrysler built more than 25 percent of America’s tanks during World War II, and in addition to tanks and trucks too, it even helped arm the Allied Powers’ mighty warships. Chrysler built anti-aircraft guns, 25,000 Sherman Tanks, or that the now-iconic Dodge Power Wagon. Like so many wartime factories, women formed a large percentage of the workforce, as men were drafted out of assembly work and into the armed forces.