Bulletless Rifle Practice Improves Aim (Apr, 1940)

Bulletless Rifle Practice Improves Aim
No bullets or powder are needed for an odd type of rifle practice demonstrated by British soldiers in the photograph above. A sergeant, seen at the right, holds a tiny target in front of one eye, and looks through a peep hole in the center to check the soldier’s aim by seeing that his gun sights line up with the bull’s-eye.

Keeping the Army Busy in Peace Time (Oct, 1924)

Keeping the Army Busy in Peace Time
Aircraft, Wireless, Poison Gas and Even Cavalry Horses Put to Work to Aid Industry and Agriculture

WHAT does the army do in peace time besides getting ready for another war? For one thing it has converted war’s deadliest poison gas to such varied uses as repelling bank burglars, quelling riots and curing colds. It has kept the battle planes flying to locate forest fires and spray the boll weevil of the cotton fields with insecticides. The gas mask has been improved and is used by firemen, mine-rescue workers and employes of chemical plants. The best of the cavalry stallions have been placed at the disposal of farmers to breed a better type of work horse.

Strangely enough, the most horrible and de


All the world trembles in fear at the sight of fierce American weaponry.
Well at least all the babies and midgets do.


Latest addition to the artillery of the United States Army is a midget cannon, just large enough to take a .22-cal-iber cartridge. It is built exactly to scale, one inch to 100 inches, and reproduces, in all essential details, the larger guns. It enables artillerymen to practice sighting, elevating, and firing, without the expense of costly, large-caliber ammunition. By calculating the trajectory of the projectiles, the gunners’ work is simplified.

Ad: about weapons systems (Apr, 1955)

See! Little British dolls attack French bears all the time! That’s why you need Ford Instruments.

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Why Don’t We Build… Voice Bombs (Sep, 1951)

Why Don’t We Build… Voice Bombs

Dropped from bombers over hostile territory, midget tape recorders suspended from balloons could speak messages of propaganda directly to enemy soldiers.

By Robert Hertzberg

IT is an hour before dawn. Exhausted from long nights and days of continual battle, enemy troops are enjoying a brief respite, sleeping fitfully in their foxholes.

Suddenly the night air is shattered by a voice thundering from above. In a few minutes hiding places are emptied as the bewildered soldiers, startled into alertness, seek to identify this strange, new apparition. They listen as the voice speaks in their native tongue.

“Oppressed citizens of the dictatorship, this is the voice of friends advising you to surrender. Unless you turn on the cruel masters who forced you into a senseless war—unless you lay down the arms you have taken up against us—we will be forced to destroy you with our superior numbers and deadly weapons. Be smart—live! You outnumber your superiors a hundred to one—obey their treacherous orders no longer! Surrender! You will be treated fairly …”


This doesn’t sound like a very safe idea…


Tempting death daily is the lot of a few daring men in a London laboratory, where a steel-walled chamber containing an appreciable quantity of real poison gas is reported in use to test the air-purifying canisters of military gas masks. Masked experimenters sit outside the deadly chamber, and breathe through hoses that terminate in the canisters within. A white-coated physician stands near to render first aid, in case the poison-absorbing chemicals should fail to function. Only in this way can new types of equipment be tested.



Will canned music inspire future warriors? Veteran army bandmasters in Denmark were taken aback when a lumbering sound truck recently took the place of a regular band and led a detachment of Danish soldiers on a cross-country march. Martial airs played upon a phonograph were amplified and projected to front and rear by horns atop the truck. Lively discussion was stirred up two years ago in this country when the United States Army became interested in mechanical bands to replace musicians. A sound truck for this purpose was designed, built, and offered for test by the Radio Corporation of America (P.S.M., Aug., ’30, p. 48). Its volume equalled that of two Army bands and the quality of music was called as good as the average in the service. To date, however, no definite move to adopt the mechanical substitute for bandsmen has been made public.

War Tank on One Wheel OPERATED BY ONE MAN (Nov, 1933)

War Tank on One Wheel OPERATED BY ONE MAN

SUDDENLY, through the drifting smoke of a hard-fought battle, rush weird, one-man fighting tanks. They have the appearance of disk wheels and roll like hoops across the battlefield. Pouring out machine-gun fire, they leap over trenches, vaulting across on strange steel crutches to pursue the disorganized enemy.

Such is the startling vision foreseen by a New York inventor. He has just obtained a patent upon a unicycle-type tank which he believes will revolutionize battlefield tactics.

WAR IN TOYLAND (May, 1945)

WAR IN TOYLAND. German raiders who venture to make a landing on the Kentish coast of England will get a warm reception from this miniature armored train. Behind a puffing pint-size locomotive it patrols the narrow-gauge line of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railroad, which in peacetime carried bank-holiday pleasure-seekers to coast resorts for a bit of sea air. Crouching in the tiny armored cars, British Tommies man machine guns, eager to pot any Jerry wot shows ‘is bloomin’ fyce.

Army Snake Hunters (May, 1945)

Army Snake Hunters

ODDEST army group among Allied forces, a South African Medical Corps detachment catches venomous snakes and extracts their poison for snakebite serum. Two of South Africa’s deadliest reptiles are most sought, the puff adder for its virulent blood poison and the yellow cobra, which produces a nerve poison. Twice a month the snakes, carefully tended on a “farm” after capture, are “milked” of their venom by massaging the tops of their heads while the fangs are held over the edge of a glass. The thin, clear liquid is dried and sent to the South African Medical Institute. There selected horses are injected with successively larger doses of the two venoms to make a serum which is saving soldiers’ lives on fronts all over the word. The three men insist that if you are gentle, snakes are easy and safe to handle.