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A Word on the American M-1 Garand Rifle <br />(Yank Magazine, 1945)A Word on the American M-1 Garand Rifle
(Yank Magazine, 1945)
Kind words regarding the M-1 Garand rifle were written in a 1945 report by the Department of the Army; it was widely believed in those circles that this American weapon was one of the primary advantages that lead to victory.

Click here to read about the mobile pill boxes of the Nazi army.

The American Sniper Rifle <br />(U.S. Infantry Drill Manual, 1911)The American Sniper Rifle
(U.S. Infantry Drill Manual, 1911)
A black and white diagram depicting the breach of the 1903 Springfield rifle, with all parts named. This weapon was the primary sniper rifle issued to American sharp-shooters during the course of the First and Second World War, Korea and the earlier periods of the Vietnam War.

Click here to read articles about snipers.

The American 4.5 Multiple Rocket Launcher <br />(Yank Magazine, 1945)The American 4.5 Multiple Rocket Launcher
(Yank Magazine, 1945)
To the American G.I.s serving along the Italian Front, the presence of rockets was like a page out of a Buck Rogers comic book. They had grown accustomed to seeing them mounted on the wings of quickly speeding American fighter aircraft, but to see and hear them up close and personal when fixed to the turret of a Sherman tank (pictured) seemed altogether too bizarre. This article, "Rockets in Italy", will allow you to learn about the use and deployment of the U.S. Army's "ground rocket-gun" and how it amazed all the men who ever came near enough to see one.

Click here to read about one of the greatest innovations by 20th Century chemists: plastic.

The Pershing M26  Tank <br />(Yank Magazine, 1945)The Pershing M26 Tank
(Yank Magazine, 1945)
"Although the the Pershing M26 didn't get into the fighting in Europe until very late in the game (March, 1945), it was long enough to prove itself. This new 43-toner is the Ordnance Department's answer to the heavier German Tiger. It mounts a 90-mm high-velocity gun, equipped with a muzzle-brake, as opposed to the 88-mm on a Tiger."

The M26 Pershing tank was the one featured in the movie, Fury (2014).

The VT Radio Fuse <br />(Yank Magazine, 1945)The VT Radio Fuse
(Yank Magazine, 1945)
Its been said that World War Two was the first high-tech war, and a passing look at many of the military tools used between 1939 and 1945 will bare that out to be true. It was not only th the first war in which jet engines and atomic bombs were used, but also the first war to deploy walkie-talkie radios, rockets, and radar. This article concerns what the U.S. Department of War classified as a weapons system just as revolutionary as the atomic bomb: the VT fuse artillery shell (a.k.a. the time proximity fuse). It was used with great success in various theaters: anti-Kamikaze in the Pacific, anti-personnel in the Ardennes and anti V-1 in defense of Britain.

This is a short article that goes into greater detail outlining the successes listed above and explains how the system worked; it also is accompanied by a diagram of the shell.

Click here to learn about the timing fuses designed for W.W. I shrapnel shells.

The Wonderful World of the Panzerfaust <br />(Volkischer Beobacher, 1945)The Wonderful World of the Panzerfaust
(Volkischer Beobacher, 1945)
Although the attached cartoon illustrations from "Volkischer Beobacher" depicts a German soldier using a Panzerfaust anti-tank weapon, the intended readership was actually the old men and under-age boys who made up the out-gunned and under-manned Volkssturm militia units at the close of the war. The panzerfaust ("tank fist") has been characterized as the first expendable anti-tank RPG. Also included in this file is the U.S. Army study concerning this weapon.
The Undeveloped Weapons of the Nazi Scientists <br />(Yank Magazine, 1945)The Undeveloped Weapons of the Nazi Scientists
(Yank Magazine, 1945)
The war was over when the U.S. Army Ordnance Department began snooping around all the assorted άBER-secret weapons labs and work shops where the pointiest headed Nazis were developing some truly far-seeing weaponry, inventions that they were never able to perfect (thankfully).

One of the most striking aspects of the attached article is the part when you recognize that it was the Nazi scientists who first conceived of such space-based weaponry as the "Star Wars" technology that was ushered in during the Reagan presidency (i.e.: the "Strategic Defense Initiative"). While in pursuit of their nefarious tasks, these same scientists also conceived of harnessing the powers of the sun in order to advance Hitler's queer vision of the perfect world.

Click here to read about the firm belief held by the German Army concerning the use of motorcycles in modern war.

German Rifles <br />(U.S. Dept of War, 1945)German Rifles
(U.S. Dept of War, 1945)
An illustrated wartime study by the United States Department of War explaining the German Gewehr 98 and the Gewehr 41: their caliber, weight, range and over-all length.

We highly recommend that you watch the film clip linked below for additional information.

Click here to read about the German M.G. 34.

The German M.G. 34 <br />(U.S. Dept. of War, 1945)The German M.G. 34
(U.S. Dept. of War, 1945)
Two black and white photographs of the World War II German M.G. 34 (maschinengewehr 34) as well as some fast-stats that were collected by President Roosevelt's Department of War during the closing days of the conflict.
German Weapons in Winter <br />(Yank  Magazine, 1943)German Weapons in Winter
(Yank Magazine, 1943)
The following notes, based on directions issued in 1943 by the German Army High Command, regarding the use and proper care of German infantry weapons during winter campaigns. The instructions in question concern:

• German Luger & Walther P38 pistols,

• the Gewehr 41 rifle, Gewehr 98,

• M.G. 34 light machine gun and the,

• M.G. 42 heavy machine guns.

The article is accompanied by illustrations of the snow sleds used to transport the German machine guns.

Click here to read about the mobile pill boxes of the Nazi army.

The German Walther P-38 <br />(Yank Magazine, 1943)The German Walther P-38
(Yank Magazine, 1943)
Attached is black and white diagram of the Walther P-38 pistol, with all parts named.

This diagram, accompanied by a few paragraphs concerning it's unique characteristics, appeared in the American Army weekly YANK MAGAZINE, and was intended to be read by all those who were most likely to stand before the business end of this German side arm.

We regret that the scan is not very clear and should be printed for better viewing.

The German Luger  <br />(Yank Magazine, 1943)The German Luger
(Yank Magazine, 1943)
Two black and white diagrams illustrating the unique features of the German Luger pistol appear alongside a brief history of the weapon. Additional information included in the article are operating instructions and "a table of characteristics" which lists assorted fun facts about the weapon; it's weight, length and range, as well as an explanation as to how the piece compares to the M1911 A1 Colt 45 (the standard issue side arm of the U.S. Army):

"Since 1908 the Luger pistol has been the official German military side arm. George Luger of the DWM Arms Company in Germany developed this weapon, known officially as "Pistole 08", from the American Borchart pistol invented in 1893"

The American Half-Track <br />(Yank Magazine, 1943)The American Half-Track
(Yank Magazine, 1943)
This YANK MAGAZINEarticle was written shortly after the U.S. Army's triumphant performance during the Battle of El Guettar in Tunisia (March 23 - April 7, 1943) and rambles on with much enthusiasm regarding the admirable performance of the M2 Half Tracks. Half Tracks were used on many fronts throughout the war and in many ways, yet as this article makes clear these armored vehicles at El Guettar were mounted with a field gun and used to devastating effect as tank-destroyers against the German 10th Panzer Division.

The writer, Ralph G. Martin went on in later years to become a prolific historian and biographer.

Click here to read an article about German half-tracks.

The  King Tiger Tank  <br />(U.S. Dept. of War, 1945)The King Tiger Tank
(U.S. Dept. of War, 1945)
This article is illustrated with a photograph of the King Tiger tank and accompanied by some vital statistics and assorted observations that were documented by the U.S. Department of War and printed in one of their manuals in March of 1945:

"The king Tiger is a tank designed essentially for defensive warfare or for breaking through strong lines of defense. It is unsuitable for rapid maneuver and highly mobile warfare because of its great weight and and low speed...The King Tiger virtually is invulnerable to frontal attack, but the flanks, which are less well protected, can be penetrated by Allied antitank weapons at most normal combat ranges."

The American answer to the Tiger was the M26 Pershing Tank; read about it here.
If you wish to read about the only German tank of World War I, click here.

The Vultee Vengence A-31 Dive Bomber <br />(Alertman, 1943)The Vultee Vengence A-31 Dive Bomber
(Alertman, 1943)
A photograph, profile and statistical information concerning the Vultee "Vengeance" A-31 - which was a W.W. II American dive bomber, built by Vultee Aircraft Corporation. The Vengeance was not used in combat by any US units, however it was deployed by the British and Commonwealth Air Forces in Southeast Asia as well as the Southwestern Pacific Theaters.
The Japanese Aichi-99 Dive Bomber <br />(Alertmen, 1942)The Japanese Aichi-99 Dive Bomber
(Alertmen, 1942)
When, on December 7, 1941, the bombers and fighter aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy came roaring out of the Hawaiian blue to reign death and destruction on Pearl Harbor, the Aichi-99 was among those present. The attached article from 1942 will tell you all that the American military knew about it at the time.

Read about another plane that was at Pearl Harbor that morning...

Savoia Marchette SM 82: Italian Transport and Bomber <br />(Alertman, 1942)Savoia Marchette SM 82: Italian Transport and Bomber
(Alertman, 1942)
The Savoia Marchetti SM 82 "Canguru" was a triple engine transport aircraft that was also put to use as a bomber. Produced by the Italians, it was additionally used by their German allies and was capable of seating 40 fully-equipped soldiers comfortably or 51 fully-equipped soldiers uncomfortably. At the time this article appeared, this long-range transport was being used to shuffle German and Italian soldiers to the collapsing fronts in North Africa.
The German JU-88 Heinkel Fighter Bomber <br />(Alertman, 1943)The German JU-88 Heinkel Fighter Bomber
(Alertman, 1943)
From the pages of a 1943 issue of America's Alertman was this page that presented some information about the German JU 88 twin engine bomber, which was the primary offensive aircraft in the Luftwaffe's arsenal during the Second World War. It was the successor to the Ju-87 and saw service as a night fighter and torpedo bomber in addition to serving as reconnaissance aircraft. The earliest prototype first flew in December of 1936 with a civilian registration of D-AQEN; it managed a top speed of 360 mph. Throughout the course of the war there were 15,000 JU 88's constructed.

The attached article from 1943 goes into greater detail and can easily be printed.

The American A-36 Fighter Bomber <br />(Yank Magazine, 1943)The American A-36 Fighter Bomber
(Yank Magazine, 1943)
This article page from a 1943 YANK MAGAZINE concerns the American A-36 fighter-bomber of World War II. The article is accompanied by photographs and testimonial accounts as to how well the fighter aircraft performed in combat over North Africa and Sicily.

"Built by North American Aviation, this ship is a dive-bomber version of that company's P-51 Mustang fighter. The A-36 can climb at the rate of nearly half a mile a minute, with a ceiling of 30,000 feet. Powered by a 12-cylinder Allison engine, it has a flying speed in excess of 400 miles an hour..."

Walkie-Talkies and the Anticipation of Cell Phones in 1945 <br />(Yank Magazine, 1945)Walkie-Talkies and the Anticipation of Cell Phones in 1945
(Yank Magazine, 1945)
I recommend this article primarily for it's three funny illustrations; the copy is not likely to hold your attention for too long. It concerns civilian applications for military technology, such as that era's hand-held radios that were the wonder of the period. As you will see from the illustrations, the cartoonist recognized so well that such inventions could serve as the grandfather of the cell phone and he drew people on the street and driving cars -all chatting away on their walkie-talkies. Good fun.
The American A-20 Havoc <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)The American A-20 Havoc
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
An enthusiastic Yank Magazine article about the Douglas DB-7/A-20 Havoc (the British called it the "A-20 Boston"): throughout the course of the war, there was no other attack bomber that was manufactured in greater quantity than this one (7,477).

"An eyewitness report of a pre-invasion mission over the continent in one of the newest and most effective U.S. air weapons, an attack bomber that looks like an insect but moves and hits with the speed of a meteor..."

Buzz-Bombs Over London  <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)Buzz-Bombs Over London
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
Launched by air or from catapults posted on the Northern coast of France, the German V-1 "Buzz-Bomb" was first deployed against the people of London on June 12, 1944. Before the V-1 campaign was over 1,280 would fall within the area of greater London and 1,241 were successfully destroyed in flight.

Accompanied by a diagram of the contraption, this is a brief article about London life during the "Buzz-Bomb Blitz". Quoted at length are the Americans stationed in that city as well as the hardy Britons who had endured similar carnage during the Luftwaffe bombing campaigns earlier in the war.

M8 Greyhound  Armored Car <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)M8 Greyhound Armored Car
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
Here is the skinny on the Ford Motor Company's M8 Greyhound Armored Car as it was presented to the olive-clad readers of YANK MAGAZINE in the summer of 1944:

"Armored Car, M8, 6x6: the Army's latest combat vehicle, is a six-wheeled, eight-ton armored job that can hit high speeds over practically any type of terrain. It mounts a 37-mm cannon and a .30-caliber machine gun in a hand-operated traversable turret..."

The German Portable Pillbox <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)The German Portable Pillbox
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
No doubt about it: for the fashionable, young Deutchen Soldaten on the go, the preferred choice in pillboxes is the portable variety! And you'd best believe that when those slide-rule jockeys back in Berlin lent their lobes to what the trendy book-burning crowed in Italy and Russia were saying, they jumped to it and created this dandy, 6,955 pound mobile pillbox that was capable of being planted almost anywhere. Better living through modern design!
The DUKWs of W.W. II <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)The DUKWs of W.W. II
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
The American Army's amphibious vehicles called the DUKWs (Ducks) were first manufactured by General Motors in 1942 and were issued to both the U.S. Army and Marine Corps. 2,000 were shipped to the British, over five hundred found their way to the Australian military and 535 were passed along to the Soviet Army. They have earned their sea legs a thousand times over and have even ventured across the English Channel.

The attached YANK MAGAZINE article was one of the first articles to have ever been written about them, and quite ironically plays-down the revolutionary nature of the invention:

"Japs realize the value of the DUCKs. They once issued a communique saying their bombers sank 'one 5,000-ton ship and one amphibious truck".

The Tiger Tank at the Aberdeen Proving Ground <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)The Tiger Tank at the Aberdeen Proving Ground
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
The American army's Aberdeen Proving Ground rests on 72,962 acres in Aberdeen, Maryland. Since 1917 it has been the one spot where the U.S. Army puts to the test both American and foreign ordnance and in 1944 the gang at Aberdeen got a hold of a 61 1/2 ton German "battle-wagon", popularly known as the "Tiger Tank" (PZKW-VI). This is a nicely illustrated single page article that explains what they learned.

For further reading about the Tiger Tank, click here.

A Study of the German Tiger Tank <br />(The U.S. War Department, 1945)A Study of the German Tiger Tank
(The U.S. War Department, 1945)
Attached is the sweetest conte crayon illustration ever to depict a Tiger tank is accompanied by some vital statistics and assorted observations that were recorded by the U.S. Department of War and printed in one of their manuals in March of 1945:

"This tank, originally the Pz. Kpfw. VI, first was encountered by the Russians in the last half of 1942, and by the Western Allies in Tunisia early in 1943..."

Click here to read about the German King Tiger Tank.

Click here to read a 1944 article about the Tiger Tank.

German Armor: Panzer III and IV <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)German Armor: Panzer III and IV
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
The attached two articles report on what the U.S. Army came to understand following the close examination of two German tanks: the Panzer III and Panzer IV.

The Panzer III was first produced in 1934 and the Panzer IV two years later; both tanks were used with devastating effect during the opening days of the Blitzkrieg on Poland, France and later the invasion of Russia. The developed a close and personal relationship with both during the North African campaign in 1943.

Click here to read about the German King Tiger Tank.

The BMW Motorcycle Examined <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)The BMW Motorcycle Examined
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
All global tensions aside, the U.S. Army could not find any faults at all with the motorcycles that BMW was making for Adolf Hitler during World War II. After having spent much time testing and re-testing the thing, they reluctantly concluded, "This is as good as any motorcycle in the world" (it was probably a bit better...).

Click here to read about the firm belief held by the German Army concerning the use of motorcycles in modern war.

German Half-Tracks and Recon Cars <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)German Half-Tracks and Recon Cars
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
Four pictures and few well-chosen words concerning a German command and reconnaissance car as well as two Nazi half-tracks (one capable of carrying ten men, the other twelve).

Click here to read about the American Army half-tracks.

How to Drive W.W. II Axis Vehicles <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)How to Drive W.W. II Axis Vehicles
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
This posting remarks about a number of concerns: assorted factoids about the German PZKW II tank and it's 1944 down-graded status as an offensive weapon to a reconnaissance car; tips for GIs as to how to drive German vehicles and, finally, the German interest in salvaging tank parts from captured enemy armor:

Radar and the Allied Victory <br />(Yank Magazine, 1945)Radar and the Allied Victory
(Yank Magazine, 1945)
Two months after the Fascists cried "uncle" and raised their white flag, this article went to press that was filled with two pages-worth of previously classified information as to the important roll that British and American radar played in winning the war. It was 1945 articles like this in which the world finally learned why the German submarine blockade of Britain proved to be so unsuccessful, why the London blitz was such a devastating blow to the Luftwaffe and how the Allied navies succeeded in getting so many convoys across the North Atlantic.
The P-47N <br />(Collier's Magazine, 1945)The P-47N
(Collier's Magazine, 1945)
A printable one page article that expounds on the evolution of the P-47 Thunderbolt through varying stages of development into the fuel-efficient juggernaut called the P-47N. Remembered in the World War II annals as the dependable escort of the B-29 Super fortresses that bedeviled the axis capitals during the closing months of the war.

"No sacrifice was made in ammunition, guns or protective armor to provide the P-47N with this long range. It still carries eight 50.-caliber guns, four in each wing. It also can carry 10 five-inch rockets which pack the destructive power of five-inch artillery or naval shells."

The Doodlebug Tank? <br />(Yank Magazine, 1944)The Doodlebug Tank?
(Yank Magazine, 1944)
That crack team of linguists who loaf-about our Los Angeles offices here at OldMagazineArticles.com have assured us that the "Doodlebug" was not the name assigned by the Nazi engineers for this minute, remote-control tank that made it's appearance on the Anzio beachhead in 1944, but rather a NICKNAME that was authored by the stalwart G.I.s who opposed it. The gizmo packed with explosives in order to destroy Allied tanks.

Click here to read about the Patton Tank in the Korean War...

Fresh Meat Delivery System for Italian Troops <br />(Click Magazine, 1938)Fresh Meat Delivery System for Italian Troops
(Click Magazine, 1938)
This is a highly amusing collection of photos depicting the seldom remembered "Para-Sheep" of the Italian Army during their adventures in Ethiopia. It would seem that Italian grunts simply would not stomach canned food the way other infantrymen were able to do at the time and so it was decided that sheep would be individually rigged with parachutes and tossed out of planes, where they would be butchered and cooked by the Mussolini's finest. The accompanying paragraph explains that even a bull had been air-dropped for the same purpose.
Take a look.
The Grumman Hellcat <br />(Collier's Magazine, 1943)The Grumman Hellcat
(Collier's Magazine, 1943)
An enthusiastic piece that informed the folks on the home front that the days of the Japanese Zero were numbered:

"Hellcat, daughter of battle, answers all the prayers of Navy pilots. She's a low-winged Navy fighter; F6F, the Navy's newest and the world's best...F6F is a ship that can fight the Jap Zero on the Zero's own terms, a plane that can stand up and slug, that can bore in with those terrible body blows."

The R.A.F.  Mosquito-Bomber <br />(Click Magazine, 1944)The R.A.F. Mosquito-Bomber
(Click Magazine, 1944)
"Almost entirely [composed] of wood, Britain's Mosquito Bomber can sting the enemy out of proportion to its size and appearance. Thirty odd German cities already have felt the devastating, impressive bite of Mosquitoes in more than 150 bombing raids on the Reich."
The Sten Gun <br />(Collier's Magazine, 1943)The Sten Gun
(Collier's Magazine, 1943)
The Sten gun was hastily created after the catastrophic retreat from Dunkirk when it was widely believed that the invasion of England was inevitable. The British Home Guard requested an easily produced sub-machine gun that could be quickly assembled and easily used by those who have never had any firearm training whatever. Dubbed "the ten dollar gun", the Sten gun met all these requirements and more; over four million of them were manufactured throughout the Forties and although they were never used to defend the British Isles, they were parachuted en masse to the partisan armies in Europe.

The attached article is illustrated with six images and tells the story of the Sten Mark II and the small Canadian factory that produced them. Interesting stories are told and there are pictures of cute Canadian girls.

John Garand: Inventor of the M1 Garand <br />(Click Magazine, 1944)John Garand: Inventor of the M1 Garand
(Click Magazine, 1944)
Attached is a Click Magazine photo essay of one of the seldom remembered heroes of W.W. II: John C. Garand - the gunsmith who tripled the firepower of the American foot soldier.

In 1939, a German spy almost succeeded in delivering the blueprints of the Garand rifle into the blood-soaked hands of his Nazi overlords: read about it here.

Click here to read about the Japanese Zero.

The Birth of the M-1 Garand Rifle <br />(American Legion Magazine, 1939)The Birth of the M-1 Garand Rifle
(American Legion Magazine, 1939)
This article was written by the war correspondent Fairfax Downey (1894 - 1990) for a magazine that catered to American veterans of W.W. I, and it seemed that he simply could not contain his enthusiasm for the U.S. infantry's newest rifle: the M-1 Garand:

"What a gun it is! Its nine pound weight swings easily through the manual of arms. The eight-round clip (three more shots than the we used to have with the '03 Springfield) slips in easily and the breech clicks closed. The old range scale slide has vanished; range and windage adjustments are made simply by turning two knobs... The new semi-automatic means, among other things, that the fire power of troops armed with it has increased at least two and a half times over the old Springfield."

For further magazine reading about John Garand and his rifle, click here.

Andrew Higgins: He Made D-Day Possible <br />(Click Magazine, 1942)Andrew Higgins: He Made D-Day Possible
(Click Magazine, 1942)
During an informal conversation with his biographer, Stephen Ambrose, Dwight Eisenhower once remarked that it was Andrew Higgins (1886 – 1952) who had "won the war for us". Knowing that such words do not flow from the lips of generals easily, Eisenhower went on to explain to Ambrose that if it were not for the creation of Higgin's landing crafts, the architects of the Allied victory would have had to seize the existing, and well-fortified, harbors of Europe in order to unload their invasion forces - and who knows how the island-hopping war in the Pacific would been fought?

Attached is a five page photo-essay from the Fall of 1942 about the man and his early contributions.

The B-17 <br />(Coronet Magazine, 1959)The B-17
(Coronet Magazine, 1959)
The B-17 Flying Fortress was "the most fabulous combat plane ever built. Like Douglas' unretireable DC-3 airliner, the B-17 is history written in metal, a pivot of progress which helped influence an entire generation".

"Perhaps more than any other plane, the B-17 beat Hitler. Its 640,036 tons of bombs on Europe, nearly the total dropped by all other U.S. planes combined, knocked out much of his industry, oil and railroads... The B-17 unveiled the era of strategic air power and turned man's eye to the stratosphere and beyond".

Click here to read about the P-47 fighter plane.

The Japanese Death Ray? <br />(Quick Magazine, 1949)The Japanese Death Ray?
(Quick Magazine, 1949)
An odd dispatch from W.W. II appeared on the pages of a 1949 issue of QUICK MAGAZINE declaring that the weapons laboratories of Imperial Japan had been developing a ray gun throughout much of the war. When they realized that the jig was up they tossed the contraption in a nearby lake.

What worked considerably better than the Death Ray was hi-altitude hydrogen balloon-bombs that the Japanese let-loose on the Western states at the end of the war - click here to read about them...

Dealing with Lightning <br />(Pathfinder Magazine, 1946)Dealing with Lightning
(Pathfinder Magazine, 1946)
When the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics was let-in on the secret that the U.S. Army intended to manufacture and deploy wooden gliders, a red light went on in their collective heads as they all remembered how susceptible wood and canvas aircraft had been in attracting lightning bolts. This article outlines the steps that were taken to remedy the problem.
Enter Napalm <br />(Collier's Magazine, 1945)Enter Napalm
(Collier's Magazine, 1945)
The first use of napalm in the Second World War was by the U.S. Army Air Corps flying over Germany. This article reported that it was used by Navy over Saipan, the Army over Tinian and the Marines over Peleliu:

"Now it is possible to tell one of the more dramatic fire-bomb stories: [During an eight day period] last October, on a section of Peleliu no bigger than a city block, the Death Dealer Squadron of the Second Marine Air Wing dropped more than 32,000 gallons of flaming gasoline on Jap cave positions and wiped them out."

Click here to read about one of the greatest innovations by 20th Century chemists: plastic.

The Japanese Zero <br />(PM Tabloid, 1942)The Japanese Zero
(PM Tabloid, 1942)
"Soon after Pearl Harbor Americans began hearing about a Japanese warplane called called the Zero. It had an unusual name, it was virtually unknown, even to aircraft experts, and almost immediately it began to take on an air of sinister mystery. Information now available shows there is no good reason for the mystery, although the plane has been a big factor in the Jap drive... The Zero has no secret weapons or engineering developments. It is simply a pretty good pursuit or fighter."
The British Six-Pounder <br />(PM Tabloid, 1942)The British Six-Pounder
(PM Tabloid, 1942)
"Six-pounder guns are being turned out in large numbers in one of the Royal Ordnance factories in England. Most of the workers who make them are women. The gun is highly mobile and is said to have a high rate of fire and remarkable armor penetration."
Air Corps Ordinance <br />(PM Tabloid, 1942)Air Corps Ordinance
(PM Tabloid, 1942)
Examining Axis War Material <br />(See Magazine, 1944)Examining Axis War Material
(See Magazine, 1944)
This article tells of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps and how they go about turning enemy weaponry inside-out in order to gain a full understanding of Axis capabilities:

"Every gun, from the smallest side-arm to largest howitzer, every tank, truck or other conveyance, every airplane and item of equipment abandoned by the retreating enemy, whether it be emergency ration or new type haversack falling into Allied hands, is carefully scrutinized for tell-tale clues to [the] foe's tactics and resources."