The rarity of this collection is in part due to the design and purpose of the equipment. The small size of the equipment allowed it to fit on many of the transport planes. This allowed for the equipment to be delivered near the front lines in theaters across the globe during World War II. The equipment served dual purposes in civilian roles it could be found on farms and in factories. “Specially built equipment for war use usually meant painting it drab olive and sending it to the front lines with some armor on it. This equipment had narrowed axles and other features which allow for transport on military transport planes.” commented Craig Johnson, Executive Director at Heartland Acres.
The role of agricultural equipment manufacturers turned quickly from civilian needs to military needs at the start of World War II. The unique and rare equipment now found at Heartland Acres is an example of peacetime production manufacturing companies changing production lines to support the war effort in the 1940’s.
You can find this and many more interesting items, stories and ever-changing displays about our agricultural heritage on display at Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence, Iowa.