1917 - Aeroplane engines
The First World War of 1914-1918 affected global economics and created a second industrial front. Situated less that 30km from the front lines, the factories are requested to produce military hardware. These objects became the subject of experiments in new & innovative production techniques.
From 1905, Peugeot made a first move into aeronautics, with a V Twin cylinder 14ch engine developed to power the dirigible n°14 belonging to Mr Santos-Dumont. In 1909, Peugeot created the “Société des Constructions Aériennes Rossel-Peugeot” which developed in particular a 7 cylinder 50 ch aviation engine installed into the Blériot aeroplane. During the war, Peugeot had to move away from battle lines. Peugeot set up a factory in Issy les Moulineaux, at the edge of Paris.
The Great War was a turning point for Peugeot, new skills & techniques were developed and new territories such as aeronautic and nautical were introduced into the Peugeot catalogue, it also became a bipolar company with factories in the Doubs and Paris.