The Army’s Electronic Magic Shop (Apr, 1960)

The Army’s Electronic Magic Shop

By Thomas E. Stimson, Jr.

TWENTY MILES from Tombstone, Ariz., at an old cavalry post named Fort Huachuca, the United States Army is testing the electronic weapons it will use in the future.

Eighty years ago the troopers at the fort flashed news of Apache raids by heliograph; today the technicians at the huge 160-square-mile Electronic Proving Ground are using single sideband circuits, infrared and even radio reflections from the ionized trails of meteors for communication between units or around the world.

The remote location in southern Arizona was chosen partly for secrecy, partly because the region is one of the best “electronic vacuums” that the Army could find. There are no powerful commercial transmitters in the surrounding desert, no big TV stations that might interfere with the accuracy of the tests.

Plane Detector Like Giant Spoon (Jan, 1932)

Plane Detector Like Giant Spoon

WHEN Stockholm, Sweden, was recently “bombarded” from the air in a sham attack, a new and strange type of sound detector was used to pick up the planes. Three giant spoon-like ears caught the sounds in their concave surfaces, rendering the device sensitive to motor hums at a surprising distance.

Dove Is Now Night Bird of War (Aug, 1930) (Aug, 1930)

I thought that faxing maps of enemy positions from planes seemed a little impractical, but sending messages via carrier doves from a moving airplane certainly takes the cake.

Also, I love the word Pigeoneer.

Dove Is Now Night Bird of War

Carrier Pigeons Bred by the Army at Fort Monmouth Fly in Darkness, Proving Old Fanciers Were Wrong


NIGHT flying homing pigeons, something brand-new in the bird world, have been developed by experts of the United States Army Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, N. J., where most of the carrier pigeons for the Army are bred and trained.

In rearing and teaching these birds, the Government pigeoneers have accomplished a feat which for centuries was considered impossible. From time immemorial, it has been an axiom of pigeon breeding and racing that homers, no matter how fast and faithful, do not fly after nightfall.

Can Modern Weapons Conquer Ethiopia (Nov, 1935)

Can Modern Weapons Conquer Ethiopia

THE eternal battle between science and the elements will receive its supreme test in Italy’s impending war with Ethiopia. Nature, which has enabled this oldest of kingdoms to maintain its independence against the inroads of the civilizing but exploiting white race, will be on the side of Haille Selassie’s dusky warriors; and it is against nature that Mussolini’s troops, armed with the latest death-dealing weapons, must pit themselves.

Italy already occupies two narrow strips of lowland bordering the Red Sea and Indian Ocean—Eritrea and Italian Somaliland. It took Italy seven years to conquer the former and twenty years to occupy the latter. The climate of both of these colonies is hot. They are steaming fever-ridden pest holes in the rainy season and almost waterless deserts in the dry. Of so little economic value are they that only 7,000 Italians reside there in normal times.

The Radio War (May, 1938)

The Radio War

Not with bombs, bullets or blood-shed is the present World War raging Instead the nations of the world are disseminating propaganda by radio

France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Russia, England and even the United States are intensifying their radio campaigns. Each nation objects to the direct verbal assaults issued against it by the other nations partaking in this feud. The newspaper clipping at the right is only one of hundreds found in the daily press.

COSMIC RAY-GUN (Mar, 1947)

Reading about this “death-ray” got me to wondering. Has anyone ever been killed by a laser? I mean directly, not someone getting blinded and crashing or something like that.

Anyone know?


Atoms imploded by cosmic rays release far more radiation than is obtained by ordinary fission. Here’s a potential death-ray!

By Louis Bruchiss

DESPITE vehement reiterations thai the atomic bomb is the absolute weapon, a conviction has been growing that Einstein’s original equation E= MC^2 has not had its final say.

The very paucity of our knowledge of the complex. nuclear reactions and of the origin of matter and energy itself, would at once suggest that there may be a weapon more encompassing and deadly than the atomic bomb.

Yankee Ingenuity Vs. Hitler! (Aug, 1941)

Yankee Ingenuity Vs. Hitler!

by Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Noted Military Expert. Author of “America Can Win” and “Battleshield of the Republic.”

AT THE precise moment that Herr Adolf Hitler finds himself actually face to face with an American fighting machine, the Fuehrer, who has some little reputation as a wizard of war surprises himself, is going to get the surprise of his life.

For Mr. Hitler’s war plans have not taken account of one intangible in the complex which is America: Yankee ingenuity!

For more than 150 years, American ingenuity has lead the advance of science—not only in peace pursuits, but especially in the art of war.

The record shows that always, in the pinch, the Yankee has come through with some new and startling weapon or war method.

Romance of Plane Insignia Dates from World War Days (Aug, 1930)

In 1930 airplanes of the 94th Pursuit Squadron were flying around with little swastikas on the side of their planes. (second page, second picture) I wonder how long that lasted.

Romance of Plane Insignia Dates from World War Days

DURING the World war the various fighting squadrons of the Air Service adopted the policy of painting insignia on their airplanes.. These insignia reflected the experiences of the pilots or of the squadron in war, or perhaps had no significance other than that which the original design itself intended to convey. The squadrons of the United States Air Corps have, as far as possible, continued in peace the same insignia as were used during the World war.

Insignia, besides promoting an esprit de corps provides a means of identifying the planes of a particular squadron. At the Air Corps maneuvers held at Mather Field, California, this spring, squadrons were assembled from all parts of the United States; Pursuit from San Diego and Detroit; Attack from Galveston; Bombardment from Langley, Va., and Observation from San Francisco. The insignia of the various units, to those who were not abroad in 1917-18, represented considerable imagination and initiative in their preparation, but to those who served in Air Units during the war they awoke memories of the past and brought forth many reminiscences.



By Arthur Grahame

MANY writers have painted grim and lurid word pictures of the next war—pictures of mighty cities blown into reeking ruin by a hail of bombs from out of the sky; of the merciless slaughter of combatants and noncombatants alike with gases a hundred times more deadly than the mustard and phosgene of 1918, and with the stealthily sowed germs of malignant diseases; of gigantic tanks, land battleships that will crush thousands beneath their grinding tracks. They have drawn pictures of air armadas so mighty that they will decide the issue before ever a soldier marches across a frontier; of robots that will do the front-line fighting in place of flesh-and-blood men; of strange electrical weapons that will send dreadnaughts plunging to destruction and wipe out armies before they can fire a shot in defense; of war so terrible and so devastating that it will annihilate our civilization.

Full-Vision Gas Mask (Dec, 1939)

Full-Vision Gas Mask
THE young lady below is demonstrating one of the newest types of gas masks, now being produced in the United States. It allows the wearer full vision..