In 1942-43 Allis-Chalmers Mfg Co. launched its Farm Commando program. Two-day mechanical training courses were conducted by local A-C dealerships. The classes were meant to help farmers and mechanics learn the basics of caring for tractors, All-Crop combines, and implements. The classes were a war-effort plan to boost food production and help the Allies win the war.
In addition to teaching basic maintenance, the program also encouraged farmers to take their equipment to dealers to be checked over. Allis-Chalmers attempted to divert raw materials and man power from farm equipment to build weapons of war, so farmers keeping their older tractors running was important.
Upon completing the Farm Commando school or having an older tractor checked and fixed, equipment owners received the red, white, and blue Farm Commando sticker to place on their farm machinery. It was meant to be a symbol of pride that the farmer had done their part for the war effort. It was an approach to keep the agriculture sector of the United States running efficiently. The less time farm equipment was down for repairs, the more grains and other agriculture products could be produced for the Allies.
Do you have a piece of Allis-Chalmers farm machinery with a Farm Commando decal on it? Do you remember the Farm Commando Program from the 1940s? Share your experience by commenting on this post.