Why Don’t We Have… Baby Assault Tanks (Apr, 1952)

It seems like this would just get stuck in the mud. Also, where do you store fuel and ammo?

Why Don’t We Have… Baby Assault Tanks

Tiny but deadly insect-like tri-tracks would spearhead our advancing infantry.

By Frank Tinsley

WE are living in a machine age and our wars have become mechanical, but it’s still the muddy, tired infantryman who must storm the enemy’s stronghold in bloody assault.

In some cases the tactical situation and nature of the terrain make this necessary. In many others, however, the brunt of the attack could just as well be absorbed by light, heavily armed machines. Why, then, can’t we send in a first wave of baby assault tanks and use our irreplaceable GI’s for the less hazardous chore of mopping up?




SINCE shortly after the World War ended, we have read and heard much about marvelous new weapons that were going to win “the next war” between major powers. We have been told that swarms of airplanes would bomb the world’s greatest cities into piles of smoking ruins—or at least win the war before a soldier could march across a frontier, by pulverizing transportation arteries and destroying concentrations of troops and war materials. Monstrous land battleships would crush resistance beneath their ponderous tracks, while deadly little tanks would spin across-country so fast that there could be no effective defense against them. Gases would suffocate and poison soldiers and noncombatants alike. Germs, death rays, and new explosives of terrific power would reduce the infantryman, who for centuries has ruled the battlefields of the world with his rifle and his bayonet, to the ignoble role of a mere mopper-up after the devastating new machines of Mars.

Germans Try Out Mystery Gun (Jan, 1938)

Judging by the man in the picture, I would look for these “secret tests” somewhere really close to a tennis court.

Germans Try Out Mystery Gun

The novel one-man antiaircraft gun seen in the photograph below is now being tested secretly by German army experts. The gunner, seated behind the barrel, controls the gun accurately and rapidly by means of foot pedals and hand levers, according to reports.

Spy Hunters Find Clews in Secret Codes (Jun, 1938)

Spy Hunters Find Clews in Secret Codes

WORKING swiftly, Federal agents a few-weeks ago spread a tight dragnet over New York City. In a midtown hotel, they nabbed a former U. S. Army sergeant. At a near-by Air Corps base, they detained a foreign-born private in the Army aviation service. And as a large transatlantic liner nosed into her dock, a few days later, two secret operatives emerged from the shadows of the pier to arrest a woman attendant in the ship’s beauty shop.

Next morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed that with the capture of the two men and their attractive confederate, they had smashed a particularly dangerous ring of international spies.

The men were accused of relaying stolen military information to an unnamed foreign power through secret code messages carried abroad by the beauty-shop operator. Rumors hinted that their booty included the secret code of the Army Air Corps.

Send, CARE Food Packages Abroad… $10. (Oct, 1948)


Send, CARE Food Packages Abroad… $10.


1 lb. Braised Beef
2-8 oz. tins of Liver Pate
2-8 oz. tins of Corned Beef loaf
2 lb. Shortening
1 lb. Chocolate
2-8 oz tins of Cocoa
2 lb. Whole Milk Powder 8 oz. Egg Powder
1 lb. Apricots
1 lb. Raisins
7 lb. Flour
2 lb. Sugar
1 lb. Coffee (For Britain: 1/2 lb. tea) 2-3 oz. Bars of Soap 1/4 oz. Yeast

Wooden Horses Help Army Cadets Learn How to Play Polo (Oct, 1924)

Whew! It’s difficult to imagine how the army could defend us with out using Polo. I assume West Point now has some ten-million dollar, full immersion 3D polo simulator to keep our boys at peak polo readiness.

Wooden Horses Help Army Cadets Learn How to Play Polo

“Saddled” and- “bridled” a wooden horse is used by West Point cadets to practice on when they begin learning how to play polo. Tne “animal” is braced securely to the wooden floor in the center of an inclosure surrounded by wire netting. To keep the balls within striking distance at all times, the sides of the cage slope toward the center.

If the A-Bombs Burst (Jan, 1951)

If the A-Bombs Burst

Here is what to expect, what you can do today to prepare yourself, what you can do then to survive

By Clifford B. Hicks

8:15 a.m., August 6, 1945. A single plane flies over the city. The only warning is a blinding flash of light. A ball of fire explodes in the sky, hanging there for a moment as it grows in size and fury. Then in a crackling instant the world’s second atomic explosion races down to strike the earth at a spot called Hiroshima.

Sixty seconds later 70,000 Japanese are dead, caught above ground. The heart of the city has been blasted into rubble which still plummets down on the dead and dying.

10:15 a.m., January 2, 1950. A stenographer in Manhattan shrugs her shoulders over her mid-morning cup of coffee and says to her girl friend, “I’m tellin’ you, there’s nothing you can do to save yourself —just one bomb will wipe out New York. Me, I’m headin’ for the country if things get worse.”

At the same moment the sky above Chicago’s Loop is split by a bright flash of lightning from a sudden winter storm. A nervous executive freezes in terror for an instant, then smiles sheepishly as he returns to the morning mail. But he can’t help wondering whether the bomb would demolish his home and kill his family in a suburb 14 miles away.

From Cook Stoves to Tanks . . . They Roll from the Automobile Factories (Aug, 1941)

From Cook Stoves to Tanks . . . They Roll from the Automobile Factories


THE Detroit genius for industrial organization is sorting out the sudden chaotic avalanche of defense orders with its customary frantic and incredible orderliness. It is responding to the fabulous impetus of something like a billion and a half in armament orders assigned by the U. S. Government to the automobile industry. The vast industrial center, already a huge magnet, drawing raw materials and manufactured parts selectively from many parts of the country, is being called upon suddenly for all its reserve power. Its standard products, such as automobiles, trucks, and their accessories, were in extraordinary de-mand, but now there are imperative pleas also for airplane, marine, and tank engines; for the airplanes and the tanks themselves and for antiaircraft guns, cook stoves, ammunition components, refrigerators, Diesel engines, and a conglomeration of other articles.

How Radar Sentries Will Guard America (Feb, 1949)

How Radar Sentries Will Guard AmericaHow Radar Sentries Will Guard America

With a centrally controlled network like this, says the author, we could insure ourselves against an atom war Pearl Harbor.

By Frank Tinsley

ELECTRONIC watchdogs may save you from atomic destruction!

Just one sneak atom-bomb attack on a single target city would cost thousands of American lives and millions of dollars in vital property. Our only guarantee against such an atomic catastrophe is the creation of a system of overlapping search radars to warn us against approaching disaster.

The advent of 1000-mph raiders and long-range guided missiles cuts the margin of precious warning time. Our sentries must be posted far afield or the confusion caused by large numbers of missiles launched simultaneously could cause a breakdown just as the British spotting system was disrupted by V-2 attacks during World War II.

Novel War Tank Resembles a Rolling Ball (Jul, 1936)

Novel War Tank Resembles a Rolling Ball

ROLLING over the ground like a giant ball, a high-speed “tumbleweed tank” proposed by a Texas inventor is a new addition to modern war machines. A spherical hollow steel driving cab is inclosed by a rotating outer shell consisting of two cup-shaped halves fitted with circular traction cleats.