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ARSON UNDER THE SEAS (Jan, 1942)

ARSON UNDER THE SEAS

U-boat warfare, a menace now, will become even more brutal with this flame-throwing sub!

by Captain James Poole

A NEW refinement—if that’s the word-on that deadly menace, the submarine, in which the U-boat is enabled to come to the surface and destroy whole fleets of enemy craft with a sheet of all-enveloping flame, has been perfected and tested in California by John Edwin Hogg, a frequent contributor to Mechanix Illustrated on military and naval subjects.

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CAMERA STUDIES BY SELF-STYLED SONS OF HEAVEN (Aug, 1945)

Wow, this is just about the most grim camera ad I’ve ever seen.

CAMERA STUDIES BY SELF-STYLED SONS OF HEAVEN

“American prisoners carry their wounded in blankets on death march from Bataan. Practical Japanese give wounded comrades hand grenades for honorable suicide.”

“Chinese captive granted extra moment of life, but only while noble son of Nippon holds heroic pose for snapshot to delight honorable folks back home.”

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ROLL OUT THE: BURLAP! (Jun, 1945)

ROLL OUT THE: BURLAP!

by Gilbert Paust,
Mi’s Aviation Editor

The “stamplicker” rolls out long strips of coated burlap to form the latest in synthetic airstrips, the U.S. Army’s “Hessian Mat.”

A FACTOR in Allied victories on the Western Front has been the availability of airstrips for our fighters directly behind the battle lines.

Thanks to a new type of mat which resembles tar paper, Army engineers have been able to lay these emergency fields in record- breaking time.

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Plankton- Blue Plate Special (Dec, 1941)

Plankton- Blue Plate Special

Found! — A New Food From The Sea That May Mean The Difference Between Victory and Defeat For The Democracies.

by Elon Jessup

CARE for a dish of plankton?

No?

Well, you’d better not turn up your nose at it. If this war really gets tough, the chances are great that you and I and the guy next door may soon have to eat plankton instead of steaks, chops, turkey and candied sweets. As a matter of fact, I think you’d rather like this new table delicacy.

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NEW PT BOAT- Navy’s Baby Battleship (Aug, 1951)

NEW PT BOAT- Navy’s Baby Battleship

THE Navy’s PT (patrol torpedo) boats created an unexpected niche for themselves in WWII. In the Pacific, they were used almost entirely as gunboats, doing much damage to Japanese coastal supply lines. Consequently, now the Navy is thinking of them as torpedo-gunboats with torpedoes which can be replaced speedily with guns.

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When The Army Moves Life Moves With It! (Jan, 1942)

When The Army Moves Life Moves With It!

ANY proof you might need that Uncle Sam is developing a mobile army can be found in these pictures, taken on maneuvers. When the camp moves all the conveniences move with it, including the commissary, at right, the sterilization unit, left below, the blacksmith shop, below, right, and the carpenter’s shop.

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WRS VHFUHW! (May, 1950)

WRS VHFUHW!

Experts insist that there is no such thing as an absolutely unbreakable code. Here’s how cryptanalysis, the science of breaking codes and ciphers, helped us to win two world wars.

By Wilfred Weiss

AN inventor interested in cryptography recently worked out a complicated device to encode and decode messages. With a million dollars worth of backing, he spent almost ten years in an effort to develop this super machine which could produce an unbreakable code. When he finally had it perfected he brought it to Washington, D. C. to be examined by the experts.

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TELESCOPES FOR SHARPSHOOTERS (Sep, 1915)

TELESCOPES FOR SHARPSHOOTERS

When Uncle Sam Was Right, and Europe Was All Wrong

By EDWARD C. CROSSMAN

AMONG the thousand and one things for which the Allies are “enclosing you check and order,” to American makers — — are all the telescope rifle sights of our army type the makers thereof can turn out. And in this lies one of the biggest triumphs for the Ordnance Department of our army, after seven years of ill-concealed snickers on the part of European military authorities.

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AMONG THE RUSSIANS (Sep, 1915)

AMONG THE RUSSIANS

A Russian Woman Soldier
The girl in uniform to the right fought in several engagements before being detected and sent home.

A Weapon Used Against Russia
The Austrians found the armored train shown herewith extremely effective in the recent Galician campaign.

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Can General Old’s “Eyes” Guard America’s Heartland? (Oct, 1952)

Can General Old’s “Eyes” Guard America’s Heartland?

By JAMES JOSEPH

Special from Anchorage, Alaska. Tonight the citizens of the American “heartland”—you Chicagoans and New Yorkers, the people of Detroit and Philadelphia—will prepare for bed, blissfully confident in tomorrow. Yet while you sleep, lights are burning late here in Alaska, particularly in the somber, sandbagged headquarters of the Alaskan Command at Elmendorf Field, just outside of Anchorage. This is a building which never sleeps. For here officers of the Alaskan Command are staying up nights worrying about you “heartland” Americans.

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