Dodge Played Major Role in World War II

You can mostly count on one hand the number of times the team here at Byers Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM in Columbus, Ohio has reflected on wartime events at work.  However, there is something quite interesting about Dodge and World War II that we think our fellow Dodge enthusiasts would love to know.  Are you prepared to be fascinated?

Dodge was a major contributor to the Allies’ war efforts, and they contributed a lot more than just vehicles. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Dodge’s biggest factory in Michigan was immediately began working nearly non-stop on military production initiatives. The projects included producing engines, trucks and cars (including the Dodge WC-56 combat vehicle) for the military. The production factory also worked on several additional special initiatives.

The additional initiatives ranged from producing components for guns and bombers, gyrocompasses to mobile radar antennas. The facilities doubled its work force to nearly 50,000 employees and the factory built its own fire department, schools and hospital for the workers and their families.

In 1942, the automaker started to build a second plant in Chicago, which was the biggest building in the entire world at that time. The factory was built to produce engines for the B-29 Superfortress Bomber, which consisted of 4 enormous 18-cylinder engines, each generating 2500 horsepower. And, what is perhaps even more interesting is that 75% of the factory’s workforce consisted of women.

Byers Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM is proud of not only Dodge’s history, but also where they stand as an automaker today.  We encourage you to stop by our dealership and take a look at our revolutionary lineup of new Dodge vehicles. We promise you will leave with a smile on your face!

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