Super War Tanks (Sep, 1936)

Super War Tanks

Light tank has been so modified that it becomes a land dread-naught, many times as destructive as the ordinary tank.

WHEN tanks are used in trench warfare, the infantry advances behind them, using them as shields. The disadvantages of this practice are that the men are exposed to enemy fire, and their offensive value is negligible, until they approach a position for hand-to-hand combat.

HOW TO HIT A SUPERSONIC MISSILE in flight? (Jul, 1954)

I’m not certain, but I’d guess that if the question is “How do you shoot down a missile going 1,200 miles per hour with a gun, in 1954?” the answer is: you don’t.


An enemy guided missile comes winging towards our task force … at speeds of up to 20 miles a minute. What kind of computer can predict and compute the necessary data fast enough to shoot down the missile… and be reliable every time? That was the problem posed to Ford Instrument Company engineers… and in cooperation with the Navy, they found the answer. Compact equipment, housed in easy-to-service units… that stand at the front line of our defense.

Know Your War Planes (Jan, 1942)

Know Your War Planes

The engines push instead of pull—
Three wheels for short alighting;
Two cannon and machine guns too,
Keep Airacuda fighting!


Considering that this was published just a few months after Pearl Harbor it seems amazingly mild and reasonable.


DO YOU believe that the Japanese launched their attack as a form of national suicide? If so, you’re wrong. They have dared to attack the most powerful nation in the world simply because they believe our national characteristics prove us to be vulnerable.

Enough Bread for an Army (Jun, 1950)

Enough Bread for an Army

FRESH BREAD daily for 96,000 soldiers, more than double the old equipment’s capacity, is turned out by the new mobile bakeries developed by the Army’s Quartermaster Corps. Each bakery company, with three mixing and make-up trailers and six oven trailers, can now produce the two-pound loaves at a 20-per-minute rate.

One-Man Antitank Missile (Jul, 1962)

One-Man Antitank Missile

Compact enough for the ordinary infantryman to carry into battle on his back, an antitank-missile system is simple enough for a nonspecialist to operate and powerful enough to destroy any tank.

The 44-pound missile assembly (bottom) is easy to set up and ready to fire at all times. The operator (top), using a six-pound sight controller, can change the missile’s direction with a thumb-tip control.

Invisible Rays in Blackout Plant Make Dials Glow (Aug, 1941)

It’s odd how dispassionate this article is considering it’s about Germany and WWII is in full swing although it’s four months before the U.S. enters. Once we joined the war you’d expect to read about how the evil Huns are painting their death gauges using glow-in-the-dark unicorn tears that are only produced by eating French babies.

Invisible Rays in Blackout Plant Make Dials Glow

GHOST LIGHTS shine in German power plants during air raids, but there is no stray gleam from the plant windows. To accomplish this, vital gauges, levers, switches, control wheels, stairs, ladders, and walkways within the plants are painted with chemicals which glow only when illuminated with the invisible rays from special lamps.

How to Know Your Guided Missiles (Mar, 1950)

How to Know Your Guided Missiles

U.S. GUIDED missiles have been given a new designation scheme by the Research and Development Board. With this system the RDB indicated the development of two interesting new types of missile: air-borne projectiles fired from beneath the ocean against ships, and similar ones directed against aerial targets.

Keeps Air-Raid Map Under His Hat (Apr, 1940)

Keeps Air-Raid Map Under His Hat

Although not quite so good as a steel helmet, the black derby hat owned by an Englishman living on the east coast is a handy headpiece to have along in the event of an enemy air raid. For inside of his bowler, this Britisher has pasted a map on which the location of local air-raid shelters is plainly marked. When an air-raid alarm sounds, he has merely to doff his bombing bonnet and look inside it to find the location of the nearest underground hide-out.

Mobile Pill-Box Fortress Mounts Two Six-Inch Guns (Nov, 1940)

How is this not a tank?

Mobile Pill-Box Fortress Mounts Two Six-Inch Guns

Pill boxes on wheels, armed with twin six-inch guns in revolving turrets, may prove a formidable new weapon for U.S. defense. Racing to an unprotected area threatened with invasion, they would transform it overnight into a fortified zone whose strong points could be shifted at will to meet the changing battle picture.