Tractors at War Volume 1
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Ageless Iron TV presents the first in a series of documentaries which explore the critical roles played by farmers and agricultural equipment manufacturers during World War II. Through personal accounts and rare historical footage this international award winning program investigates how agriculture adapted for war through innovation and sacrifice; and how mechanization ultimately saved the day.
Great job in capturing the essence of food versus fight. The social ramifications of World War I and World War II in food technology is a phenomenal story that is not well known or understood. --Roger Flom
Amazing video! It kept my attention from beginning to end. Everyone should know this untold story of World War II and the American Farmer! --John Dunnegan, Midwest Old Threshers
Tractors at War brings the story of how strong American manufacturing and farming operations came together to wage their own battle against oppressive forces during WWII. The video is informative and entertaining in its presentation. --Craig Johnson, Heartland Acres Agribition Center
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The DVD shows the revolutionary new agricultural products brought to market during the war to increase food production, save man-hours or use les materials such as the Ford "N" series with the Ferguson hydraulic-operated 3-point hitch system and the Massey-Harris combines.
What is often forgotten is that the United States produced so much of the allies foodstuffs during WWII. By the end of the war, virtually every mouthful of food the Soviet soldier ate came from the US or Britain - mostly the US. The American farmer was one of the unsung victors of WWII.
The video also relates the war production that agricultural-machinery makers undertook instead of tractors. The DVD highlights John Deere and Allis Chalmers and JI Case (which made a number of construction vehicles that could be air-landed to build airfields), but oddly enough does not mention the work done by International Harvester which, among other things, built 7500 half-tracked armored personnel carriers.
The DVD gives credit to farmers who went to war or fought to keep the world from starving as well as the women who were pressed into male roles in the factory and the farm. I would have liked to have seen more of the models that were allowed to be built during WWII, but a good video for the tractor enthusiast none-the-less. Four stars.