These Missiles Won’t Miss (Sep, 1947)

These Missiles Won’t Miss

MISSILES that lunge across the sky faster than the eye can follow— that turn and dive and adjust their courses unerringly toward the target— are being developed by the Naval Air Modification Unit, Johnsville, Pa., under the command of Rear Admiral D. Royce, USN. Accompanying these eerie, remotely controlled flights is a passenger that’s almost human—a camera recovery unit that not only makes a photographic record of flight instruments but releases itself pyrotechnically, parachutes to the water, opens a float and spreads dye to mark its position.



The Brain of the Modern Zeppelin

In the upper photograph is shown in diagrammatic contrast, the new super-Zeppelin car, with its engine and accoutrements. and the tiny boat of the first air dreadnaughts.

Why Don’t We Have… Rolling Pillboxes for the Army? (Jan, 1954)

Patent may be found here

Why Don’t We Have… Rolling Pillboxes for the Army?

Rogdable, bulletproof eggs that split apart to form armed twin turrets to protect our GI’s.

By Frank Tinsley

THE new and nasty brand of infighting that bloodied the rugged ridges of Korea has hammered home some tough tactical lessons to Uncle Sam’s ground forces. Mass “waves of the sea” attacks, totally new to American military experience, steamrollered over our positions despite the staggering casualties we inflicted. Stealthy, knife-wielding night raiders cut front-line morale to ribbons until our weary dogfaces learned the necessity of unceasing nocturnal vigilance. Saturation mortar shelling turned ordinary trenches and foxholes into open graves and forced the evacuation of hard-won footholds. Key hilltops taken by day and retaken by the Reds in night attacks made front-line life an endless round of hand-to-hand hell.



Bombardment Of America From The Air Is Going On All The Time! But It’s A Propaganda Raid, And Uncle Sam Is Now Beating It Off.

by Charles J. Vests

“U.S. DEFENDERS repel foreign air attack!”

You’d jump, wouldn’t you, if you found that headline in your morning paper. Yet it’s true, today and every day.

A constant bombardment rains down on our shores, a bombardment just as real and dangerous as though it were one of bombs dropped from planes. It is the airborne bombardment of radio propaganda, one of the deadliest weapons of modem war, accompanied by the sinister crackle of messages and instructions to saboteurs and spies.

Captain Marvel Troops for America! (Dec, 1941)

Apparently the only thing it takes to turn characterless, shiftless hillbillies into go-getting super soldiers is a proper diet and Jai Alai. Jai Alai, as any Mad Men viewer will tell you, is the sport of the future(video).

Captain Marvel Troops for America!

“Super Shock Troops” For The Army Will Soon Be In Action! Vitamins Are The Magic That Produce Them!

by W. M. Kimball

THE gray-clad ship moved into the quiet evening shadows of the secluded cove near Willapa Bay.

Three boats dropped from the davits. In each of them 20 men sat straight, alert on the thwarts. Purring motors beached the boats silently. The shadows were blackening, but the 60 men leaped ashore sure-footedly, their cat-eyes piercing the gloom. They were assured men—tall, lean, brown, certain of every movement.

An observer might have whistled in awe to look at them—and with good reason. For these were the United States Army’s “super-shock troops” going into action! The Captain Marvels of America!


I just read a somewhat similar article in Wired last month. i09 also had an interesting piece on the history of PTSD this week.


by R. A. Montherlant

NARCOSYNTHESIS—medicine’s newest and most effective method of reclaiming from their mental hells the pitiful “combat fatigue” cases.

MEDICINE’S newest and most streamlined method of fighting the battle jitters was perfected during the Tunisian campaign under the nerve-wracking conditions of a combat zone.

In a base hospital at Algiers, where air raids were as much an accepted part of the day’s routine as chow, Army doctors, working under the direction of Lieut. Col. Roy R. Grinker and Captain John P. Speigel, U. S. Army psychiatrists, established the scientific use of hypnosis-producing drugs in the treatment of “combat fatigue” cases.

The “Enemies” in Our Army (Mar, 1962)

The Army used Aggressor for a number of years.  Here is a 1960’s episode of the TV show Big Picture devoted to Aggressor Forces.  Aggressor was replaced by the OPFOR (Opposing Force) concept some time ago.

The “Enemies” in Our Army

The first massive attack on the United States came at dawn. A Panama-based invasion fleet steamed up the Pacific coast to rendezvous with bombers from the Caribbean. Just off California they met; 12,000 foreign soldiers stormed the beaches while 7500 paratroopers plummeted from the sky. For the first time in more than a century, enemy troops trod U.S. soil.

Our fighting men were ready; the enemy, bloody with massive defeat, withdrew to bases in the West Indies. But the war wasn’t over.

Dust From Long “Shaker” Smothers Fire Bomb (Dec, 1942)

I thought that bombs, even incendiary, generally exploded rather than burned.

Dust From Long “Shaker” Smothers Fire Bomb

Incendiary bombs can be extinguished within thirty seconds, it is claimed, with a powder sprinkled from a long tube that anyone can handle. Because of its length, the tube permits the operator to remain six to eight feet from the burning bomb while shaking out the powder.



“Out of the sky drops a tiny black speck, there is a blinding white flash, the city lies in ruin…”

By Robert G. Beason

by General Curtis E. LeMay

“For ten years the Strategic Air Command has stood ready as a most powerful deterrent to any aggressor threatening world peace. With with long range bombers and nuclear firepower SAC could carry to an enemy’s heartland the greatest destructive power the world has ever known.

“SAC., often called the world’s best insurance policy for peace, is the long range offensive arm of the USAF.

Strange Faces of Monsters You Can See on Water or in Air (Jul, 1931)

Strange Faces of Monsters You Can See on Water or in Air

SMALL-FACED MONSTER. The tiny pinched-up face on this colossus is merely a view of the plane carrier Lexington.

HARD EYES OF A BEETLE. This nightmare bug, looking like a thing of horror dropped out of space, is a rare photo of the speediest plane motor, Schneider cup winner.