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1973: Buy our drones!

1973: Buy our drones!

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1866: Ode to the quartermaster

Petersburg, Va.: Part of Quartermaster Department, 1st Division, 9th Corps, in November 1863

Editor’s note: The following was part of the Journal’s approving response to a proposal by General Ulysses S. Grant to reorganize the Army’s quartermasters and lessen their responsibilities.

From the archive: January 13, …

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1863: Rebuilding railroads

Bridge on Orange & Alexandria Railroad, as repaired by Union Army engineers under Col. Herman Haupt. (Attributed to Andrew J. Russell/Library of Congress via Wikipedia)

Editor’s note: The Orange and Alexandria Railroad, which linked Alexandria, Va., to points west and south, was the most bitterly contested route in the first railroad war. The Battle of Bull Run …

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1944: Improve our tanks

A field-grade officer suggests the U.S. emulate the German Tiger VI tank.

From the archive: December 16, 1944

Here’s a letter to the editor from an unnamed lieutenant colonel.

U.S. vs. German tanks

An article in the August 5[, 1944,] issue of the Journal …

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1962: Army preps for moon base

Artist's conception of a lunar base prepared for the Army's Project Horizon study.

From the archive: December 14, 1962

Editor’s note: This ambitious order followed the 1956 Project Horizon study led by Wernher von Braun at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency.

Army Gets Lunar Construction Task…

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1944: Proposals for a post-war draft

John J. McCloy served as Assistant Secretary of Warfrom 1941 to 1945. Here, he arrives in Berlin for the 1945 Potsdam Conference.

From the archive:  December 2, 1944

Editor’s note: “As World War II was coming to an end, the House, on March 28, 1944, established the Select Committee on Post-War Military Policy composed …

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1941: The day before Pearl Harbor

Calm before the storm: This detail from Army and Navy Journal's front page of Dec. 6, 1941, shows  U.S. Navy leaders in the Pacific, including Adm. Husband Kimmel, who would be blamed for the Japanese attack and removed from command 10 days later.

From the archive: December 6, 1941

Editor’s note: The day before Japanese warplanes surprised U.S. defenders at Pearl Harbor, the Army and Navy Journal published its last pre-war issue. Looking back, one is …

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1944: Smoke ‘em if you…never mind

In July 1944 on Peleliu, Marine Pvt. 1st Class Douglas Lightheart (right, holding a 30-caliber machine gun), paused for a smoke. (DoD photo)

From the archive: December 2, 1944

Editor’s note: The cigarette industry saw a great boom during World War II. Cigs were distributed in troops’ rations and smoking rose on the homefront — except …

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1991: How it feels to fly the F-117

An F-117 Nighthawk taxis down the runway before its flight during the Holloman Air and Space Expo at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., Oct. 27, 2007.

From the archive: November 1991

Editor’s note: The RAF’s Squadron Leader Chris Topham climbed into the Nighthawk’s cockpit in April 1991.

UK Pilot Takes “Psychology Lesson” at Controls of F-117A Stealth Fighter

Flying …

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1987: A battleship for the 21st century

Vice Admiral Mike Metcalf's dream dreadnought looks a lot like the Arsenal Ship proposed in the mid-1990s.

From AFJ’s archive: November 1987

Editor’s note: Non-ship geeks may best recall Adm. Joseph “Mike” Metcalf III as the guy who in October 1983 “was given less than two days to plan and …

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