South Bend Defense Industries

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The three things needed for the defense of a nation and its people are honest, resolute leaders; brave military service members; and a dedicated industry that can provide the proper tools needed to keep citizens safe from harm. Ever since the very beginning of the United States’ existence, businesses have devoted countless amounts of time and effort to design, engineer, and produce the weapons and systems that the men and women of the armed forces need for protecting the country. A substantial part of America’s “Arsenal of Democracy” has been centered in and around South Bend, Indiana. The Studebaker Company produced thousands of wagons for the Union army during the Civil War, plus trucks, aircraft engines, and more for later conflicts. Today, its descendant AM General Corporation produces tactical wheeled vehicles, including the renowned Humvee in all its many variations, for the United States and its allies. Honeywell Corporation has a long and colorful history in South Bend as well, while many smaller companies answered the call to produce military equipment for the armies of freedom.
ISBN: 9781467105255
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 198
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In this book, author Patrick R. Foster provides readers with images from not only large well-known defense firms but also small ones that made everything from guidance systems for fighter planes to socks for GIs. No matter the size, they shared one common desire—to serve the soldiers of democracy.
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