“If I were twice as big” (Dec, 1942)

“If I were twice as big”

“Then I could give the public all the service it wants and take care of the war on top of that.

“But I can’t get bigger now because materials are needed for shooting. So I’m asking your help to make the most of what we have.

“Please don’t make Long Distance calls to centers of war activity unless they are vital. Leave the wires clear for war traffic.”


Get Your Workshop a Defense Contract (Aug, 1951)

Get Your Workshop a Defense Contract

As America’s war production speeds up, great opportunities are arising for the little guy with a workbench.

By Norman A. Schorr

HOME workshops are fun but they can also be moneymakers—million-dollar moneymakers! Thousands of hobbyists made millions of dollars during the last war applying their skills to the making of desperately needed machine parts. Well, the nation is arming again and your opportunity to turn your home lathe to better use is here.

Fast Tank – and – Plane Latest War Machine (May, 1936)

This was a followup to a 1932 article on his efforts.

Fast Tank – and – Plane Latest War Machine

Combination of a high-speed tank and a fast plane is the new war machine being developed by Walter J. Christie. In military service, the tank would be attached to the fuselage of the plane to be transported to any point desired. Upon landing, the tank would be detached, free to advance on enemy positions.

114-M.P.H. Anti-Aircraft Combat Car In Production (Jan, 1942)

This is the Tucker Combat Car, designed by Preston Tucker.

Previously posted here as well.

114-M.P.H. Anti-Aircraft Combat Car In Production

AN INNOVATION in defense against enemy aircraft is this “mobile anti-aircraft fortress,” now being manufactured for the U. S. Army by a Michigan firm. Unlike the usual aircraft defense battery, which can get but a comparatively few shots at an enemy plane as it swoops overhead, this unique “wheeled fortress” races along under the plane at speeds up to 114 miles per hour and can actually get in thousands of shots before the plane is out of range. Its four guns pour out a total of 5,220 shots per minute—an automatic 37 mm. cannon firing 120 shots per minute, and three machineguns firing 5,100 shots per minute.

Probably the world’s fastest “tank,” the combat car is entirely arc-welded.

Monitor Speedboat Lands War Tanks Under Fire (May, 1938)

It seems like this boat would need to have an amazingly fast ballasting system to prevent just flipping over when the tank rolls off. Not to mention, with the tank on top it would be crazily top-heavy.

Monitor Speedboat Lands War Tanks Under Fire

DESIGNED to land a war tank ready for action, from a ship that may be several miles offshore, a unique forty-foot armored launch has been constructed at Portsmouth, Va., for tests by the U. S. Navy. Bearing the vehicle upon its flat, monitorlike deck, the speedboat may be driven right up on the beach without damaging its propellers, and the tank crawls ashore. The boat then backs off for another load, defending itself with a pair of machine guns in its steel-sheathed conning tower.



To produce weapons, we must give up many “daily necessities.” Here’s the story of the sacrifices we must make.

by W. M. Kimball

MAYBE you’ve noticed it already.

There isn’t any opener tucked into your box of beer in cans. There’s a slight yellowish tinge to your white wrapping paper. And your wife’s nylon hose have lisle tops.

These straws show which way the wind is blowing American necessities. The wind is the war with its submarines, its terrific demand for ships and goods, its overwhelming shakeup of American industry—a new mechanical revolution that will affect civilization for years to come.

Flying Missiles CAN Be Stopped! (Oct, 1949)

As opposed to the walking kind?

Also, henceforth I am going to use the spelling “computor”.

By the way, if you’re at all interested, this army training video detailing how an mechanical fire control computer works is amazing.

Flying Missiles CAN Be Stopped!

Here is a sure-fire plan to down supersonic rockets like ducks—and wipe out the terror of sneak attacks.

By Frank Tinsley

HITLER was right when he ranted about the fearful havoc a “secret weapon” would wreak on his enemies. His V-2 rockets unleashed such terror on battered Britain that they nearly won the war—for the Nazis. For there was absolutely no defense against these mighty 3500-mph missiles—and no way to tell when—or where—they would strike next.

Treating A Big Gun’s “Sore Throat” (Jan, 1942)

Treating A Big Gun’s “Sore Throat”

BIG guns on the battleship bark their songs of death—and soon develop sore throats. Then they must go to the doctor for care. In the Battle of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, British Men O’ War rarely go through more than one engagement without having to return to the shops to have their big guns refitted. A 15-inch gun cannot be fired more than 200 times, at the most, under battle conditions, without its lining being worn out. The picture at the right, below, shows the method by which such a gun is re-lined. A series of gas burners are placed about it, the outer casing is heated until it expands, the lining is slipped out, and a new lining, shown at left, is slipped in.

Death Rays Are Here… NOW (Dec, 1961)

Listed as an advantage of light beam weapons (lasers): “There is an unlimited supply of light.”

That’s really not how lasers work at all. It’s like saying electricity good because there is an unlimited supply of electrons.

Death Rays Are Here… NOW

IF you had a security clearance, you could walk into any of about 30 laboratories in the United States and Canada and watch a death ray in action. You would hear absolutely nothing. You would see only a harmless looking bluish ray of light emerging from a small hole in one end of a long, complex, electrical apparatus.

The device is an ion beam projector. The blue ray is a stream of ions—charged particles that, in the vacuum of space, could catch and destroy a spy satellite or an orbiting weapon.

HOW MUCH IS ∛258916? (Oct, 1946)

HOW MUCH IS ∛2589¹⁶
The Army’s ENIAC can give you the answer in a fraction off a second!

Think that’s a stumper? You should see some of the ENIAC’s problems! Brain twisters that if put to paper would run off this page and feet beyond… addition, subtraction, multiplication, division — square root, cube root, any root. Solved by an incredibly complex system of circuits operating 18,000 electronic tubes and tipping the scales at 30 tons!