Inventors Offer Thousands of Ideas to Help Beat the Axis (Jun, 1942)

That wide tank on the left looks like it would break in half at the slightest bump and it looks like that truck on the left would have a pretty hard time pulling that huge armored trailer.

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Inventors Offer Thousands of Ideas to Help Beat the Axis

WAR inventions are flooding the National Inventors Council and the U. S. Patent Office. At the Council’s headquarters in Washington, D. C, 45,000 suggestions have been received during the last year. And 3,000 of them have been adopted—one out of 15, an amazingly high proportion that pays tribute to American inventive ability. Results have well justified the effort of sorting valuable new ideas from equally well-meant schemes that prove unsuitable for various reasons.

Illustrations on these pages typify the variety of ways proposed to beat the Axis. To meritorious ideas, the National Inventors Council assigns an “A” or “B” classification, the first for inventions specifically requested by the Army or Navy. According to a recent announcement, the following will be particularly welcome:

Centrifugal, electromagnetic, and air guns; rocket-propelled projectiles; explosives from hydrocarbon vapors; remote-controlled sea and air torpedoes; mobile servicing and repair equipment for motor vehicles and aircraft; lightweight armored clothing; improved airplane catapults and retarding devices, land and submarine mines, tanks, searchlights, antiaircraft guns, small arms, mobile landing-field floodlight equipment, and gun and bomb sights.

Experts who pass upon these and other military inventions include the Council’s chairman, Charles F. Kettering, of the General Motors Corporation; its vice-chairman, Thomas Midgley, of the Ethyl Gasoline Corporation; Conway P. Coe, U. S. Commissioner of Patents; William D. Coolidge, vice-president of the General Electric Company; Fred Zeder, Chrysler Corporation engineer; and F. Sparre, du Pont’s director of development.

  1. Emcha says: July 8, 20073:54 pm

    That downward-firing ground strafer was actually built by soviets during WWII.

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  3. KAT says: September 27, 200810:54 pm

    The ground strafer isn’t such a wacky idea. The first “Spooky” gunships made it to Vietnam in the very early Sixties using old C-47’s. The B-57 had a Gatling gun in its belly for strafing along with a plethora of guns in its wings. It is just that the orbit of the Spooky allowed concentration on a single target. Besides, who is going to stand under an oncoming aircraft firing down vertically?

  4. LS says: August 3, 200912:33 am

    The giant armored land battleships and rolling fortresses were popular ideas in the 1930’s but had faded from fashion by the time this article was published in 1942. With the rise of effective air power, survival for these monsters was impossible.

  5. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 18, 20109:51 pm

    The armored land battle ships reminds me of the later armored trains used by the Germans against partisans in the east.…

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