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Super War Tanks (Sep, 1936)

Super War Tanks

Light tank has been so modified that it becomes a land dread-naught, many times as destructive as the ordinary tank.

WHEN tanks are used in trench warfare, the infantry advances behind them, using them as shields. The disadvantages of this practice are that the men are exposed to enemy fire, and their offensive value is negligible, until they approach a position for hand-to-hand combat.

Mobile Pill-Box Fortress Mounts Two Six-Inch Guns (Nov, 1940)

How is this not a tank?

Mobile Pill-Box Fortress Mounts Two Six-Inch Guns

Pill boxes on wheels, armed with twin six-inch guns in revolving turrets, may prove a formidable new weapon for U.S. defense. Racing to an unprotected area threatened with invasion, they would transform it overnight into a fortified zone whose strong points could be shifted at will to meet the changing battle picture.



Mechanical “Wings” with which the inventor hopes he will be able to fly, are the work of 36-year-old Horace T. Pentecost of Seattle. In his right hand he holds the flight control stick: its handle is the throttle, regulated by turning. The “Hoppicopter,” as the inventor calls it, has a 2-cylinder, 20 hp. motor and weighs 60 pounds plus.

Precipitron an electrostatic air cleaner made by Westinghouse, cleans 23,000 cubic feet of air per minute in this room where lenses for naval optical instruments like periscopes are checked.

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.



In the future, monster implements of war may be controlled from a distance by the mere turning of a radio dial. A Japanese army officer, Major Nagayama, has invented a means of directing by radio the movements of a tank able to travel at a speed of five miles an hour.

Already wireless control of airplanes has been successfully attempted in England, according to reports. A master radio set took the place of the pilot, acting through tiny compressed air motors which worked the plane’s controls.

The Flame Tank (Jan, 1936) (Jan, 1936)

The Flame Tank


LAYMEN still labor under the erroneous conception that war is far more frightful in modern times, and that it kills more of the combatants than formerly. Quite the contrary is true. In ancient war, when hand-to-hand fighting was the order of the day, as, for instance, in the old Roman times, casualties were far and away greater than they are in modern warfare.

“The Thing”—Bad News for Enemy Tanks (Dec, 1955)

“The Thing”—Bad News for Enemy Tanks

Called “The Thing,” a new fast-firing armored vehicle has been adopted by the Marine Corps for its amphibious forces. It is mainly an antitank vehicle and mounts six 106-mm. recoilless rifles along with four .50-caliber spotting rifles which are used to establish the range for the larger weapons. The vehicle has light armor.

Tank Walks Tight Rope of Bridge Piles (Aug, 1939)

Tank Walks Tight Rope of Bridge Piles
Like a Gargantuan beast stalking along a giant’s tight rope, an armored Russian tank is pictured in the unusual photograph above crossing a stream by rumbling over the tops of the piles of a dismantled bridge. The shot was made during the filming of a motion picture built around the activities of the Red Army, for release as part of a celebration marking the twenty-first anniversary of the founding of the Soviet fighting forces.