Flying Cameras Map America for War (May, 1939)

Flying Cameras Map America for War


FROM aerial photographs snapped by giant bombers soaring four miles above the earth, U. S. Army engineers are compiling maps that will serve as eyes for our armed forces if they ever have to wage a defensive war on American soil.

Flying out of Fort Lewis, Wash., the camera planes have recently been engaged in photographing all unmapped areas between the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific, from Puget Sound to the Siskiyou Mountains of California. With their multiple cameras they make five pictures at a crack, one straight down and four at angles ahead, astern, and to the sides. Finished prints of the photographs are sent to the 29th Engineers at Portland, Ore. Here, in two old school buildings, they are turned into topographical maps showing all important features that would figure in wartime plans.



This report of an aerial combat was written in a hospital at the request of the medical officer attending the pilot. The physician was eager to know, as accurately as possible, the pilot’s thoughts and emotions as he fought and suffered his near-fatal wounds.

by Pilot Officer Stanley Hope, R.A.F.

WE WERE on one of the usual offensive sweeps—a daylight raid on some works near Lille. During a widespread dogfight over the target I chased a 109 down several thousand feet, but lost him in a cloud. Pulling up to regain my height, I found the sky completely empty.

Phonograph Disks Run Crewless War Tank (Nov, 1934)

Phonograph Disks Run Crewless War Tank

Machines can execute complicated maneuvers and return after their mission has been performed WITH the discovery by a French scientist that phonograph disks can be used to record mechanical movement as well as sound, the dream of airplanes and tanks that operate by remote control is brought nearer to realization. The practicability of completely automatic control was demonstrated recently at Paris where an electric truck started, changed its course, backed up, reversed its direction, and finally stopped without the guidance of a human hand. Phonograph records, used in the experiment, could guide a torpedo into a fortified harbor to destroy an enemy battleship; or drive a tank against enemy machine gun nests, rake them with fire and return the tank to its own trenches. The movements of the torpedo or tank would be carefully calculated in advance. A master control arm on a recording device would then be manipulated to create electric impulses corresponding in timing to the desired evolutions of a complicated maneuver. An electric pick-up would convert these impulses into mechanical energy and the needle of the pick-up would impress them on the disk.

Early UAV’s (Mar, 1956)

Air Photos Take Themselves
RECONNAISSANCE photos taken from pilotless, radio-controlled planes called drones promise to be a valuable means of obtaining intelligence of enemy movements on battlefields of the future. Pictures shown here were taken at the Army Electronic Proving Ground, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz.

Newest Type Of Army Gas Mask (Aug, 1941)

Newest Type Of Army Gas Mask

THIS mask is the army’s latest type. Among its features are optically ground, neutral eye pieces that permit its wearer to use delicate precision instruments, and its ability to permit conversation, a practice that is impossible with older type masks. The purification cannister is worn on the shoulders, permitting additional freedom of movement.

“Death Ray” May Outlaw War (Oct, 1936)

“Death Ray” May Outlaw War

A “DEATH RAY” machine is on exhibition at the California Pacific International Exposition being held at San Diego, Calif. It was invented by Prof. Harry May of London, England.

Prof. May feels that his new lethal weapon will be instrumental in outlawing war. He thinks that nations, knowing that such a weapon for quick destruction is available, will hesitate to attack each other.

Bayonets Thrust into Snow Man by Soldiers at Practice (Mar, 1941)

What are they practicing for? An attack by 10ft snowmen?

Bayonets Thrust into Snow Man by Soldiers at Practice
Encountering a snow man on the grounds of Fort Dix, N. J., two zealous soldiers attached to company L, 174th infantry, took an opportunity to demonstrate an attack with bayonets. National guardsmen and draftees are receiving army training at the fort.

Metal Goggles Guard Eyes from Shrapnel Splinters (Mar, 1941)

Metal Goggles Guard Eyes from Shrapnel Splinters

Special metal goggles to protect the eyes from flying fragments of shrapnel during an enemy bombardment have been introduced in England. Circular pieces of metal which drop down over large eye holes have narrow cross slits through which the wearer can see his way to shelter.

GUNS from All NATIONS Stock MOVIE Arsenals (Feb, 1934)

GUNS from All NATIONS Stock MOVIE Arsenals

THE machine guns of the beleaguered garrison, making a last stand, are rattling and spitting fire at an enemy whose rifles and revolvers crack viciously in reply. Casualties are strewn everywhere and the acrid smoke of battle hovers over the scene. It is a critical situation, indeed—or appears so.

Then the director shouts “cut,” and the “dead” and “wounded” arise and brush themselves off. For it is only a scene from a current talkie, and no one is really “wounded in action.”

Periscope Is Built into Dugout (Apr, 1940)

Periscope Is Built into Dugout

Taken “somewhere in France,” the photograph above shows a soldier attached to a Scots regiment on watch in an underground concrete shelter. Using a built-in periscope, the sentry can scan the area on all sides of the sunken dugout, and obtain a clear view of any advance of the enemy without exposing himself to the fire of snipers or enemy patrols.