Why Modern Armies Still Cling to the Cavalry (Nov, 1932)
Entertaining article that explains why the core of any military force will always be made up of men and horses.
“Machines of war can only be adjuncts to their superior flexibility.”
Do we still have any mounted cavalry? I’ve seen pictures of those Special Forces guys in Afghanistan, but that’s about it.
Why Modern Armies Still Cling to the Cavalry
by M. W. MEIER
The tank is a powerful weapon, but the faithful horse can still outfight it in many situations encountered on modern battlefields.
Here is told the cavalry’s side of the story.
YOU may not know it but Uncle Sam has the finest cavalry on earthâ€”pitifully small though it is.
It may lack the swank, color and picturesqueness of that of other nations but what it may lack in fancy-drilling ability it more than makes up for in equipment, firing-power and maneuverabilityâ€”the things that really count in war.
Sham Tanks Fight Sham Battles (Oct, 1932)
That just looks humiliating. If someone made you carry half a fake tank around and make “boom, boom” sounds, wouldn’t you invade Poland too?
Sham Tanks Fight Sham Battles
SINCE the termination of the World war and the signing of the Versailles Treaty, Germany has been forbidden to build any tanks for war purposes. Laboring under these restrictions, German military and mechanical ingenuity combined to remedy the situation and the result was the introduction of the demountable tanks shown in the photo above. While they wouldn’t stand much punishment on the battlefield, yet they do prove highly effective for mock maneuvers and sham battles. The tank really amounts to a bit of clever camouflage, it being no more than an auto chassis with imitation treads and turret.
Flying Tanks that Shed Their Wings (Jul, 1932)
I guess this miiight work, if your tank didn’t have any armor. But then it wouldn’t exactly be a tank would it?
Flying Tanks that Shed Their Wings
by Lew Hold
Imagine those two formidable weapons of modern warfare, the airplane and the armored tank, combined into one terrible machine of destruction! Fantastic as the idea sounds, it is fast taking physical shape as a reality for Uncle Sam’s army. The whole amazing story is presented to you in this important article.
IS WAR, already made terrible to contemplate by the invention of too-efficient methods of destruction, on the verge of being banished forever by an amazing new weapon so horrible in its possibilities that nations of the world will not dare to risk its fury?
Artillery Spotter Has Vertical Lift (Feb, 1936)
This thing looks like it would make a really cool unit in a Real Time Strategy game.
Artillery Spotter Has Vertical Lift
Pulsating through the skies in much the same manner as employed by the jellyfish in propelling itself through water, a weird parachute artillery spotter is expected by its inventor, John A. Domenjoz of New York City, to supersede the ordinary kite-balloon in observation work during war.
Greater maneuverability with resultant greater safety for the pilot, economy, and the elimination of ground crews are among the advantages claimed for this type of craft.
NEW TRICKS for FIDO (Dec, 1946)
FIDO stands for (Fog Investigation and Dispersal Operations) and seems to consist of using giant flame throwers to burn away the fog…
NEW TRICKS for FIDO
Gliding out of a fog and into fair visibility, a C-47 prepares to land at the Navy’s Landing Aids Experiment Station, Areata, Calif. The flames burning off the mist are part of a new fog-dispersion system called ELMERâ€”a refinement of Britain’s wartime FIDO.
At a central control board, an operator turns on lights and fog-chasing burners at Areata. ELMER has cut the costs of landing a plane in a fog to $150 as compared with the $4,000 average expense of using FIDO.
ELMER, in full glory below, is a line of tri-nozzle heads that atomize Diesel oil under high pressure and shoot curtains of flame into the air on both sides of the runway to vaporize the fog. A hot-wire setup provides instantaneous ignition of the oil.