Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is celebrating the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Arsenal of Democracy” speech by releasing a short documentary that highlight Chrysler's involvement in World War Two.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is celebrating the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “Arsenal of Democracy” speech by releasing a short documentary that highlight Chrysler's involvement in World War Two.

Dubbed "Automakers and the Arsenal of Democracy," the film stars FCA US historian Brandt Rosenbusch who explores Chrysler's wartime production which included tanks and trucks as well as guns, ammunition, rockets, and bombs.

The story starts in the late 1930's when the U.S. Government approached Chrysler and asked the company about building tanks.  Chrysler quickly realized its existing facilities were not suited for tank production so an all-new tank plant was built in Warren, Michigan. 

The government was heavily involved in the project but Chrysler's expertise with engineering and mass production would be a game changer as the first tank rolled off the assembly line 13 months after the contract was awarded.  The desire to build tanks as fast as possible meant the floor hadn't been poured by the time the first tank was built.

The first tanks to roll off the assembly line were M3 Grant tanks but they were eventually replaced by M4 Sherman tanks.  Over the course of the war, Chrysler built more than 25,000 tanks which is more than Germany built altogether.

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