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The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 3, 1940-1949

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Welcome back to the Dodge Heritage Series, a 10-part exploration of Dodge brand history. This is Part 3 in the series.

 

The Dodge brand entered the 1940s in the same way as the rest of America: with a new sense of confidence and optimism.  Slowly but surely, the country was lifting itself out of the Great Depression. Dodge produced over 225,000 vehicles in 1940, marking its eighth consecutive year as one of the top five selling cars in the USA.

 

But after December 7, 1941, and the attack on…

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The Dodge Heritage Series: Part 3, 1940-1949

Dodge in World War II

Dodge in World War II

 

The scene above is somewhere in France in 1944, only days after D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy, and these soldiers have driven deep behind the lines in their Dodge WC-56 command car. But did you know that Dodge’s contribution to the war effort went far beyond cars and trucks? Here’s more.

 

After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the big Dodge Main plant in Detroit was converted almost overnight to full-time military production. Working virtually nonstop, three shifts per day and seven days…

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Dodge in World War II