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Old 11-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default Military Stuff Made by Car Companys?

Ok, Im sure everybody knows I want my IHC Garand, also Ive been thinking about a GM Carbine..
I have a first aid pouch from 1942 made by Cadillac...

Just curious what military guns or gear was made by car companys? I think it would be a interesting twist to my military collecting...

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Old 11-15-2012, 04:22 PM   #2
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Do you have any pics of it?

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Here.. Oh, its from '41...

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I'd like a Ford tank.

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Ford built JEEPS during WW2. If I recall GM built some B-24's, I also believe they built M8/M20 scout cars and M4 Shermans..

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During WWII car companies used their casting and stamping facilities to make many of the things soldiers needed every day in the field. If you look at any late 30's car it had everything from fabric to stamped sheet metal. Back then car manufacturers believed they could make anything cheaper than they could buy it.

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Im looking more for things you wouldnt think of these companys making... The kinds of gear that only during wartime would be made by these companys...
Its not surprising for automobile companys to make tanks and other vehicles, but rifles and web gear?

(Besides.. Where in the hell would you get a B-24?? ( Not that I could ever afford one!!)

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Yep. The Baldwin Locomotive company made tanks and the Guide Lamp division of GM (headlights used to be in a stamped metal cowling outside the car body) made the Liberator pistol. American Fork & Hoe (made farm tools) made bayonets.

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Yep. The Baldwin Locomotive company made tanks and the Guide Lamp division of GM (headlights used to be in a stamped metal cowling outside the car body) made the Liberator pistol. American Fork & Hoe (made farm tools) made bayonets.
Sweet! So my AF&H bayonet will "fit" my IH Garand when I get it...
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US manufacturing of all kinds shifted to support the war effort. New
plants and shipyards were built nearly "overnight". Kaiser set the record
for building a "Liberty Ship" from start to finish in just over 4 days.

Pretty much EVERY "car company" in the U.S. contributed something to
the effort. It would be an interesting collection.

Try that today---not only is the manufacturing base in China, the war
would be over before the environmental impact statement was filed.

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