Little-Known Sidelights on the Soldier (Sep, 1944)

Little-Known Sidelights on the Soldier

BORROWING IS TABOO among front-line soldiers who are emilyposted on Army etiquette. The idea is that when a man has toted his own heavy equipment, including water, rations, cigarettes, and other necessities, besides arms and ammunition, he’s entitled to them himself. His buddies realize this—they are in the same fix—so cadging is out.

MOST WELCOME GIFT to soldiers is heavy wool socks, appreciated in a big way for the comfort they afford tired, aching “dogs” on the march.

Invading Sailors in Gas Masks Carry Radio Transmitter (Dec, 1936)

Invading Sailors in Gas Masks Carry Radio Transmitter
Playing at “war” on the English coast, a landing party of sailors representing the invading enemy donned gas masks and went ashore at Studland Beach near Swanage, to be met by a small defending party of British soldiers. The sailors carried a portable radio transmitter with a self-contained receiver to maintain communications with their supporting navy.

Mister-you’re getting paid in DYNAMITE! (Nov, 1943)

Compare this ad from WWII with the message our government is sending now. Then it was “save, don’t spend”, “don’t allow profiteering”, “buck up and pay higher taxes”. Now it’s “The best way to defeat the terrorists is for you to go shopping and support lower taxes for rich people!”

Mister-you’re getting paid in DYNAMITE!

Our pay envelope today is dynamite.

The wrong way to handle it is for us to wink at prices that look too steep . . . telling ourselves we can afford to splurge.

We can’t afford to—whether we’re business men, farmers, or workers. And here’s why:

Splurging will boost prices. First on one thing then all along the line.

Army’s Nerve System (Aug, 1941)

Interesting article about all of the communications demands (radio, telegraph, crypto, etc) of an army division during WWII.

Army’s Nerve System



THE heavy tanks and dive bombers hit the line, smash an opening. Through the gap rush the armored divisions, the light and medium tanks and armored cars, fanning out, a fast backfield running interference for the infantry.

Fifty miles, 100 miles and more a day the mechanized columns speed over the vast grid map of battle. Their slashing end runs flank the enemy at 35 and 40 miles an hour. In Flanders, France, Greece, Libya, the dashing pace of modern war has come more and more to resemble football in a broken field.

But the comparison breaks down completely at one point: there is no time out for a huddle between plays. Signal communications, the army’s nerve system, must be maintained at breakneck speed continuously. Observation planes, bombers, scout cars, tanks, artillery, infantry must remain in quick, instant contact with the high command; otherwise an integrated, intelligent striking force becomes a disjointed rabble. The marvels accomplished by the German Army in the last two years have set our political orators shouting for tanks, planes, guns—a cry with which everybody agrees. But every military man knows that the real marvel of the German assault has not been merely its preponderance in engines of war, but also the precise coordination with which this vast amount of equipment and manpower was used.

Uncle Sam’s Shooting Gallery (Sep, 1940)

Uncle Sam’s Shooting Gallery



By Edward W. Murtfeldt

TRAVELING in planes, trains, buses, private cars, trucks, and even on foot, more than 10,000 eager men, women, and youngsters from all corners of the nation will head toward the shores of Lake Erie in mid-August for the largest sporting event in the world. The lure that draws this myriad of bankers, housewives, G-men, clerks, police, shopkeepers, and citizens from practically every other walk of life, is the annual National Rifle Matches sponsored jointly by the U. S. War Department and the National Rifle Association.

Transatlantic Roller Coaster Designed to Bomb U.S.A (Oct, 1947)

Transatlantic Roller Coaster Designed to Bomb U.S.A

Hitler’s blueprints found; mighty winged missiles were to be used in 1946

WHEN the Allied invasion upset the Nazis’ plans, they had a supersonic, 3,000-mile-range rocket in the works. Already in the blueprint stage was its successor —a true rocket bomber of equal speed and range. Actual sketches and plans for it are shown on page 110.

Rocket projects were Hitler’s equivalent of America’s Manhattan District Project. Blueprints for atomic bombs are still tightly guarded secrets, but the Nazis’ detailed plans for push-button, transoceanic war have now been exposed. They are a clue to developments that may reasonably be expected if there is another war.

Why Japan Can’t Win on Land (Mar, 1945)

Apparently even in 1945 the stereotype about how the Japanese just copy from everyone and have no originality was in full force.

Why Japan Can’t Win on Land

The Nips are doomed when they meet us in the open. Their tanks and guns can’t match ours.

Photographs by WILLIAM W. MORRIS Drawings by STEWART ROUSE

WHEN MacArthur’s invading infantrymen broke away from the Lingayen beachheads into the valleys of central Luzon, they started a new and decisive phase of the land war in the Pacific. Now, at last, we had the Japs in the open where we could get at them with the weight and power of our superior armor and guns. We knew what the result would be, from a cold-blooded comparison of their weapons with ours. We have captured Japanese war equipment of all kinds; our ordnance experts have studied it and found it second-rate, or worse.

The Japs are the world’s most brazen copycats. Nobody knows this better than our specialists whose duty it is to examine and test their weapons of war. These experts will also tell you that the Japs are not even good at copying. However assiduously they attempt to duplicate a good weapon of another power, they never succeed in equaling it in quality and performance. In outward appearance their version may look like an exact copy of the original, but closer examination reveals crude workmanship and a low standard of dimension tolerances. Actual testing shows up the defects to be expected from such workmanship and engineering.

“The Thing”—Bad News for Enemy Tanks (Dec, 1955)

“The Thing”—Bad News for Enemy Tanks

Called “The Thing,” a new fast-firing armored vehicle has been adopted by the Marine Corps for its amphibious forces. It is mainly an antitank vehicle and mounts six 106-mm. recoilless rifles along with four .50-caliber spotting rifles which are used to establish the range for the larger weapons. The vehicle has light armor.

Will Airborne Police Enforce World Peace? (Sep, 1944)

Will Airborne Police Enforce World Peace?



ADDITION of a vertical flank to America’s armies has hastened victory. Napoleon could not cross the English channel, but General Eisenhower could—with the help of airborne divisions. In the Orient, too, these “sons o’ guns with tons o’ guns” have literally leaped forward. Flying infantrymen are one of this war’s most spectacular and significant developments, and may be a means of preventing a third world war.

“The day will most assuredly come,” says Maj. Gen. F. A. M. Browning, commander of Britain’s first airborne division, “when airborne armored forces will control the world, and the inhuman, though at present inevitable, bombing of women and children, inherent in strategic bombing, will be a barbaric relic of the past.”

Bulletproof Body Turns Any Auto into an Armored Car (Dec, 1940)

Bulletproof Body Turns Any Auto into an Armored Car

Every automobile in the United States is potentially an armored car, under a plan recently proposed to aid the national defense program. The scheme would provide tanklike bodies of half-inch steel which could be speedily mounted on the chassis of standard cars. Swarms of these “minute man tanks,” the proponents claim, would prove an invaluable aid in combating invaders and parachute troops.