International Harvester During World War II "The Strong Shall Be Free" 74342
This World War II film celebrates International Harvester's contribution to the war effort, producing vehicles for the Army.The International Harvester Company (abbreviated first IHC and later IH) was a U.S. manufacturer of agricultural machinery, construction equipment, trucks, and household and commercial products. In 1902, J.P. Morgan merged the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company and Deering Harvester Company, along with three smaller agricultural equipment firms, to form International Harvester. In 1985, International Harvester sold off selected assets of its agricultural division to Tenneco, Inc., who merged it with its subsidiary J.I. Case, to form Case IH. Following terms of IH's agreement with Tenneco, International Harvester renamed itself Navistar International Corporation in 1986.
International Harvester produced 13,622 M4 Half Tracks at its Springfield facility from October 1942 through January 1944. It also built: (1,123) M-1-4 1/2 Ton 4x4 Utility Trucks, (10,450) M-2-4 One Ton 4x4 Trucks, (unknown small amount) M-3-6 1&1/2 Ton 4x4 Trucks, (36,320 approximate) M-5-6 2&1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Trucks, (4,460) H542-9 M425/ H542-11 M426 Five Ton 4x2 tractors, (5,290) M5 13 Ton High Speed Tractors (Artillery Prime Movers)
Most of the trucks built by International were used by the Navy or Marine Corps or became part of the Lend-Lease program.
During World War II International was the 33rd in dollar value of production contracts.
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