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DETROIT TANK ARSENAL / TACOM, WARREN, MACOMB COUNTY, MICHIGAN, USA



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Location Category ID:
72900
Address: 6501 E. 11 Mile Rd. Warren, MI 48397-5000
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Official Website: TACOM LCMC
Other Links: Wikipedia: Detroit Arsenal
Wikipedia: TACOM
Detroit News
Latitude, Longitude: 42.4991083 , -83.03882271
Location Accuracy: 7
Tanks Previously Here: Tanks confirmed built here:
1: M4A4 Sherman Tank - Barrell Collection, Bedfield, Suffolk, East England, Britain (September 1942)
2: M60 Tank - Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Camp Shelby, Forrest County, Mississippi, USA (Source: J. Daneri)
3: M60 Tank - Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Camp Shelby, Forrest County, Mississippi, USA (Source: J. Daneri)
4: M60 Tank - Mississippi Armed Forces Museum, Camp Shelby, Forrest County, Mississippi, USA (Source: J. Daneri)

Models of tank built here:
1: M5 Stuart Light Tank (Primary manufacturer April-December 1942)
2: M5A1 Stuart Light Tank (Primary manufacturer November 1942-May 1944)
3: M3 Lee I Tank (Primary manufacturer)
4: M3 Grant I Tank (Primary manufacturer)
5: M3A4 Lee VI Tank (Sole manufacturer June-August 1942)
6: M4 (Late Production) Sherman Tank - M4 (Composite) (Sole manufacturer)
7: M4A4 Sherman Tank - M4A4 (Sole manufacturer July 1942-September 1943)
8: M4A4 T Tank (Sole M4A4 manufacturer July 1942-September 1943)
9: M4 (105) Sherman Tank - M4 (105) (Sole manufacturer)
10: M4A3 (105) Sherman Tank - M4A3 (105) (Primary manufacturer)
11: M4 (105) HVSS Sherman Tank - M4 (105) HVSS (Sole manufacturer late 1944-March 1945)
12: M4A4 Sherman Dozer (Sole M4A4 manufacturer July 1942-September 1943)
13: M4A4 Sherman Firefly Tank (Sole M4A4 manufacturer July 1942-September 1943)
14: M4A4 Sherman Duplex Drive Amphibious Tank (Sole M4A4 manufacturer July 1942-September 1943)
15: M4A4 Sherman Crab Mark II Mine Flail (Sole manufacturer of base M4A4 July 1942-September 1943)
16: M32A1B3 Tank Recovery Vehicle (Primary manufacturer of M4A3 105)
17: M26 Pershing Tank - M26 (Design parent and secondary manufacturer March 1945 - End 1945)
18: M26A1 Pershing Tank (Design parent and secondary manufacturer March 1945 - End 1945)
19: M47 Patton Tank - Standard Production Version (Primary manufacturer June 1951-November 1953)
20: M47 Patton Tank - Late Production Version (Primary manufacturer June 1951-November 1953)
21: M47 Patton Tank - Italian Service (Primary manufacturer June 1951-November 1953)
22: M47 Patton Tank - Belgian Service (Primary manufacturer June 1951-November 1953)
23: M47 Patton Tank - M47A1 (Primary manufacturer June 1951-November 1953)
24: M47 Patton Tank - M47A1 Upgraded (Primary manufacturer June 1951-November 1953)
25: M60 Tank (Primary manufacturer 1962)
26: M60A1 Tank (Sole manufacturer from October 1962 to 1980)
27: M60A1 Tank - M60A1 RISE Passive (Sole manufacturer from October 1962 to 1980)
28: M60A1 Tank - M60A1 RISE Passive with Blazer (Sole manufacturer from October 1962 to 1980)
29: M60A2 Tank (Sole manufacturer - vehicles converted from M60A1 1973-5)
30: M60A3 Tank (Sole manufacturer of base M60A1 from 1962 and original M60A3 from 1978)
31: M60A3 Tank - Anniston Upgraded (Original manufacture as M60A1 after 1962)
32: M728 Combat Engineer Vehicle (Sole manufacturer 1966-72)
33: T29 Heavy Tank (Vehicle assembly 1945-8)
34: T29E3 Heavy Tank (Vehicle assembly 1945-8)
35: T30 Heavy Tank (Vehicle assembly 1945-8)
36: T34 Heavy Tank (Vehicle assembly 1945-8)
37: T43 Heavy Tank (Design parent and pilot manufacturer June 1951)
38: M51 Tank Recovery Vehicle (Design parent and sole manufacturer 1954-5)

Long term:
1: MBT-70 Tank - Patton Museum of Cavalry and Armor, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA (Until 1976)
2: MBT-70 Tank - U.S. Army Ordnance Museum, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford County, Maryland, USA (Estimated mid/late 1970s)
3: XM803 Tank - National Armor and Cavalry Museum, Fort Benning, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA (Estimated early 1980s)
4: M551 Sheridan Airborne Light Tank - National Armor and Cavalry Museum, Fort Benning, Muscogee County, Georgia, USA (Until September 1978)
5: M108 Self-Propelled Howitzer - Fort Polk Military Museum, Leesville, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, USA (DPDO September 1982)



The United States Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command (LCMC), formerly known as Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM), has its headquarters at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren, Michigan. The Detroit tank arsenal was the first ever built for mass production of American tanks. At the beginning of the Second World War the United States did not have a tank production program. By mid-1940, the U.S. realized it needed an armored force separate from its infantry. In response to this need, the Detroit Tank Arsenal Plant sprang up seemingly overnight in the winter of 1940-‘41, on 113 acres of farm land located north of downtown Detroit, in what is now the city of Warren. The mammoth structure measured five city blocks deep and two blocks wide, designed by master industrial architect, Albert Kahn, in the Moderne style.
Owned by the government and run by Chrysler, the plant received its first contract to build 1,000 M3 tanks in 1940. The government accepted the first M3 on April 24, 1941, while the plant was still under construction. The delivery was marked by a festive occasion, broadcast over a nationwide radio hook-up. VIPs and plant workers cheered as the tank fired its guns, smashed telephone poles, and destroyed a mock-up house. The plant also built M4 Sherman tanks. The plant set an all-time monthly production record by delivering 896 M4s in December 1942. As the war ended, the government suspended tank production.
During World War II, the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant built a quarter of the 89,568 tanks produced in the U.S. overall. Its production closely matched tank production of either Great Britain or Germany. During the Korean War, the plant was modified to build the M47 Patton tank. In all, Chrysler built 3,443 M47s between 1952 and 1954. During the ‘60s, the plant produced 500 of M60A2 tanks, which had a novel turret mounted on an M60 chassis and featured a 152-mm gun launcher that fired both conventional rounds and a guided missile. In response to the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, the plant was producing a record five tanks per day.
In 1979, the Detroit Arsenal Tank Plant built components for M1 tanks, which were built at the Lima Art Tank Plant, and continued to build M60 tanks. Because the Lima Plant could not keep up the M1 production, the Detroit Tank Arsenal plant also began producing M1s for the army. In 1982, Chrysler sold the plant to General Dynamics, which produced both M60s and M1s until 1987. The plant was closed in 1996, and the government transferred the property to city of Warren, where it is located, for reuse and development.


1) T92 Howitzer Motor Carriage American


Number of Photos:
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Unique ID: 2441
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