New Giant Tanks…PEACEMAKERS OR WAR BRUTES (Nov, 1935)

According to this article Britain had a specially designed tank for “fighting savages”.


Fast, Powerful Land Battleships May Speed Up the Next War by Preventing Trench Stalemates, or Even Make War an Impossibility

By Thomas M.Johnson

MARS has put on overalls. In carefully guarded machine shops, laboratories, and foundries all over the civilized world, the war god is tinkering with strange new machines, grimly determined to solve the mystery of that “next war” which the world dreads, but in preparation for which it spent last year nearly ten billion dollars.

The solution of that mystery, in the opinion of many experts, may end the world’s dread by making an end of war itself. Is it too much to hope that invention, which in the past has merely served to multiply the instruments of death, may once more change history—this time in the role of a peacemaker? The answer may lie in the latest and most terrible of the descendants of the war chariot, the land battleship.

All-Purpose Soap Aids Our GI Joes (Oct, 1944)

All-Purpose Soap Aids Our GI Joes

MAKING life a lot easier for our soldiers is a soap mild enough for shaving, powerful enough for the i greasiest pots and pans, and capable of producing a foamy lather in water hard or soft, fresh or salt, hot or cold. Secret of the soap lies in a synthetic sulpho-nated product developed from petroleum by Du Pont and known merely as MP 646. It is being sold by the hundreds of thousands of pounds to soap manufacturers who add it to their products in the ratio of one to two. Wide civilian use is expected in postwar years.

Machine GUNNER SITS SUSPENDED Under Plane (Sep, 1932)


PILOTS of combat planes in the World war were acutely conscious of the fact that their ships had a “blind spot” in which they were peculiarly vulnerable to attack by the enemy. This spot included the underpart of the tail and rear section of the fuselage, which could not be defended by machine gun fire from the cockpit for the reason that the gunner would have to fire through his own plane.

I Read “P.M.” Behind the Iron Curtain (Aug, 1950)

I Read “P.M.” Behind the Iron Curtain

M/Sgt. Elmer Bender, U.S.M.C.

A COPY of Popular Mechanics Magazine that turned up miraculously in a remote mud village—that was a high spot in our 18 months of captivity by the Chinese Communists. How the magazine got into that part of China I have no idea but it was an old and welcome friend. We read it and reread it from cover to cover.

Chief Electrician’s Mate William C. Smith and I were taken prisoner on October 19, 1948, when the light liaison plane I was flying ran out of gas and we had to land on an ocean beach. Ascribe that to a technical malfunction. The gas indicator showed that the tank was almost full even while the engine was turning over for the last time.

Glass Case Protects Baby from Poison Gas (Aug, 1938)

Sucks to be the other baby in the open crib.

Glass Case Protects Baby from Poison Gas
Masked nurses clad in gasproof rubber garments are testing out the latest invention of war-fearing Europe. It is a portable glass case in which babies can be thrust at the alarm of a gas attack and carried to a zone of safety.

Santa Goes Electronic (Dec, 1946)

I was very disappointed to learn that the rifle on the second page is not actually a toy.

Santa Goes Electronic


An atomic-age Santa naturally has to bring electronic toys.

WILLIAM L. GARSTANG has created a $l,000,000-a-year business by giving old man Santa Claus an electronic shot in the arm.

Little more than a year ago, as president of Electronic Laboratories, Inc., of Indianapolis, tall, slim, 36-year-old Garstang was up to his ears turning out war supplies for the armed forces. As the inventor, designer, and manufacturer of some of our most vital electronic equipment, Garstang did a capital “E” job. But when reconversion began to loom, he began to wonder what he’d do with the huge defense plant that would soon be sitting idle on his hands. He found the answer in the very devices he was manufacturing. In place of working for Uncle Sam, he decided he’d work for Santa Claus—by reconverting war devices into electronic toys.



IMPROVISED IN COMBAT, flame-throwing units dropped from the air were quickly effective in driving Communists from underground bunkers, caves and connecting tunnels in Korea. Maj. Clair L. George of the Second Infantry Division designed the airlift attachment when it proved impossible for foot soldiers to pack the heavy, bulky weapon into rugged mountain passes and retreats. An additional advantage of the airborne flame throwers is that they can be brought to bear against the target more quickly.

Inventors Offer Thousands of Ideas to Help Beat the Axis (Jun, 1942)

That wide tank on the left looks like it would break in half at the slightest bump and it looks like that truck on the left would have a pretty hard time pulling that huge armored trailer.

Inventors Offer Thousands of Ideas to Help Beat the Axis

WAR inventions are flooding the National Inventors Council and the U. S. Patent Office. At the Council’s headquarters in Washington, D. C, 45,000 suggestions have been received during the last year. And 3,000 of them have been adopted—one out of 15, an amazingly high proportion that pays tribute to American inventive ability. Results have well justified the effort of sorting valuable new ideas from equally well-meant schemes that prove unsuitable for various reasons.

Uncle Sam CRACKS DOWN ON SPIES … To Guard the Secrets of His War Machines (Jun, 1936)

Uncle Sam CRACKS DOWN ON SPIES … To Guard the Secrets of His War Machines


By Thomas M. Johnson

SCIENTIFIC spies for foreign powers are picking Uncle Sam’s pockets. As war tension heightens abroad, more and more of them invade our shores. They sneak across the oceans from Europe, where last year $50,000,000 was spent on secret service, or from Asia, where Japan alone spent

$12,000,000. These spies are no fools, fantastically disguised, whispering, scowling. They are intelligent men and women, using clever tricks to steal from this wide-open country the countless military appliances and inventions that American ingenuity produces. With our own weapons, pilfered from us, foreign powers are arming for the next war. For that purpose, the scientific spies lurk unsuspected in our midst.

Britain Reveals Diving Canoe (Mar, 1947)

Britain Reveals Diving Canoe
Called the world’s smallest submarine, this one-man craft is no bigger than a canoe. Britain built it secretly for wartime attacks on shipping in enemy harbors. PTs or regular subs took it to vicinity of target.