Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Ultimate Solution to Trench Warfare

One result of America's declaration of war in April 1917 was the unleashing of the nation's creativity, or Yankee Ingenuity if you will. Here is a proposal from Hugo Gernsbacher, a Luxembourgeois-American inventor, writer, and editor of the journal, Electrical Experimenter.

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The journalists who wrote the accompanying article were both awestruck:

"Extraordinary as this proposition of running ships over the land is the strength of a man's latent desire to kill man is over-stepping, even now, all bounds of the imagination;" and skeptical:

"At once, of course, several objections to Dr. Gernsback's [sic] plan present them selves. First, there is the tremendous weight of the battleship from 10.000 to 30,000 tons. It is difficult to conceive how any wheels could be constructed which would prevent this mighty mass from crushing down into the earth and becoming as immovable as a fort. 

"There is, second, the fact that a ship is built for stresses in the water, and not for the gravitational pull on land.

"And there is, third, the fact that the battleships are armored only down to a certain part of the hull, and that the unarmored part would be vulnerable as a land boat. These objections Doctor Oernsback answers in his article in the Electrical Experimenter, but whether convincingly or not the reader must decide."


Sources and Credits: Richmond Time-Dispatch, 17 June 1917; found at the Library of Congress by Donna G.


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