Deere & Co.’s attempt to enter the military market as the United States geared for war in 1941 was the “Modified Machine Gun Unit”, essentially their farm tractor design, given armored plating and more rugged wheels/axles. Gunners would work .30-cal. machine guns from the pods on the sides, with the driver having a third in his center compartment. It was not well received, and the military rejected it.

(Michael Banks Collection)