February 7, 1942:
Automakers are ordered to join the war effort.
The US government issued an order to all automobile manufacturers directing them to stop producing passenger cars and switch to manufacturing military hardware, including tanks, jeeps, and munitions. Factories all over the country change production very quickly, turning the nation’s industry into a wartime footing. The government made it easier to comply with the order by guaranteeing auto manufacturers’ profits regardless of the cost of production throughout the war, and helped fund the investment with nationwide sales of war bonds.
Taken From: This Day in History by Jim Daley; Copyright 2019; Publications International, LTD