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  • The Zeppelin Earns a Fearsome Reputation, 1915

    The Zeppelin Earns a Fearsome Reputation, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | March 27, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: March 27, 1915 Airships with rigid frames were developed by Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin of Germany starting in the late 19th century.

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  • Naval Attack on the Dardanelles: Prelude to a Disaster, 1915

    Naval Attack on the Dardanelles: Prelude to a Disaster, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | March 20, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: March 20, 1915 The report published in this issue from a century ago delivers a robustly optimistic outlook on the Allied attack on Turkish territory at the entrance to the waterway between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean: "If the great Mahan were living to-day [...]

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  • Magnets of Mercy Treat War Injuries, 1915

    Magnets of Mercy Treat War Injuries, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | March 13, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: March 13, 1915 In a war that was defined by the mass production of war supplies, the great manufacturing center of Pittsburgh, Pa., was already an important source of matériel for all the armies involved: "Pittsburgh's great industrial plants are furnishing practically all the barbed [...]

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  • The Big Guns, 1915

    The Big Guns, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | March 6, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: March 6, 1915 World War I was an artillery war. Even as new technology—tanks, airplanes, submarines and poison gas—changed the nature of fighting, it was the power of mass manufacturing that had the most profound effect on the conduct of war.

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  • American Fear, 1915

    American Fear, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | February 27, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: February 27, 1915 The size, speed and ferocity of the Great War was unprecedented.

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  • Airborne Scouts, 1915

    Airborne Scouts, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | February 20, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: February 20, 1915 The usefulness of scouting from the air had been demonstrated in the early days of the Great War.

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  • Air Defenses against Zeppelins, 1915

    Air Defenses against Zeppelins, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | February 13, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: February 13, 1915 German Zeppelins (airships with rigid frames) bombed Liège, Belgium, on August 6, 1914, only a few days after the Great War broke out.

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  • Deception and Camouflage, 1915

    Deception and Camouflage, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | February 6, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: February 6, 1915 The archetypical historical scene from World War I involves straight-ahead charges of huge numbers of soldiers against masses of artillery and machine guns.

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  • X-Rays at War, 1915

    X-Rays at War, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | January 30, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: January 30, 1915 X-rays were used for medical operations within a couple of months after they were discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen in late 1895.

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  • X-Rays at War, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | January 30, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: January 30, 1915 X-rays were used for medical operations within a couple of months after they were discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen in late 1895.

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  • Fortress of Water, 1915

    Fortress of Water, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | January 23, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: January 23, 1915 The cover of this issue of the magazine has a boisterous scene from the opening months of the First World War, titled "Night attack by German armored motor boats in a flooded section of Flanders." There is no story inside relating to [...]

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  • Extreme Submarine, 1915

    Extreme Submarine, 1915

    Dan Schlenoff | January 16, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: January 16, 1915 Before the First World War, Simon Lake designed and built some innovative submarines for the U.S.

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  • An American Pilot at War, 1915 (Part III)

    An American Pilot at War, 1915 (Part III)

    Dan Schlenoff | January 9, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: January 9, 1915 In this issue of Scientific American from 1915, we published the last installment of a three-part account: "War Experiences of an Air Scout: A Battle in the Clouds," by Frederick C.

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  • An American Pilot at War, 1915 (Part II)

    An American Pilot at War, 1915 (Part II)

    Dan Schlenoff | January 2, 2015 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: January 2, 1915 In this issue of Scientific American from 1915, we published the second installment of a three-part first-hand account: "War Experiences of an Air Scout: Patrol of the Sky" by Frederick C.

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  • An American Pilot at War, 1914 (Part I)

    An American Pilot at War, 1914 (Part I)

    Dan Schlenoff | December 26, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: December 26, 1914 In this issue of Scientific American from 1914, we published the first installment of a three-part first-hand account: "War Experiences of an Air Scout: The Diary of an American Volunteer With the Aviation Corps of the French Army," by Frederick C.

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  • Ramming a Submarine, 1914

    Ramming a Submarine, 1914

    Dan Schlenoff | December 19, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: December 19, 1914 Scientific American in 1914 sometimes used large, single-theme images for the issue cover.

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  • Lawrence in Arabia: from Archaeologist to Spy, 1914

    Lawrence in Arabia: from Archaeologist to Spy, 1914

    Dan Schlenoff | December 12, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: December 12, 1914 Here's a short, cryptic note from our December 12, 1914, issue, about scientific work being carried out in the Middle East: "Survey of Southern Palestine.—A considerable amount of surveying and exploration has recently been done along the southern frontier of Palestine under [...]

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  • Battleships and Diplomacy, 1914

    Battleships and Diplomacy, 1914

    Dan Schlenoff | December 5, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: December 5, 1914 Two ships from the German navy had an outsize part in the history of the First World War: the Goeben and Breslau.

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  • Battleship Disaster Coverup, 1914

    Battleship Disaster Coverup, 1914

    Dan Schlenoff | November 28, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: November 28, 1914 On this date 100 years ago Scientific American reported on the sinking of HMS Audacious, one of the British Royal Navy's most modern "dreadnoughts"—the largest and most powerful battleships in existance in 1914.

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  • Care of the Wounded, 1914

    Care of the Wounded, 1914

    Dan Schlenoff | November 21, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: November 21, 1914 From the Scientific American Supplement issue of November 21, 1914, we note, "The first object of an army in war is to disperse or destroy the enemy, but a correlative duty is the care of its own men when wounded or otherwise [...]

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  • The Ferocity of Artillery, 1914

    The Ferocity of Artillery, 1914

    Dan Schlenoff | November 14, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: November 14, 1914 The tactical use of artillery had been evolving in the years before the Great War: In South Africa in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 the British developed the concept of the "creeping barrage," where a curtain of shellfire proceeded just in front [...]

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  • The Surprisingly Lethal Submarine, 1914

    The Surprisingly Lethal Submarine, 1914

    Dan Schlenoff | November 7, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American this week in World War I, November 7, 1914 Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz, the man who built up the Imperial Navy of Germany, had dismissed submarines as a waste of money back in 1901.

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  • Military Strategy, 1914: Avoid a Knockout Blow

    Military Strategy, 1914: Avoid a Knockout Blow

    Dan Schlenoff | October 31, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American, This Week in World War I: October 31, 1914 The articles by “The Military Correspondent of the Scientific American” were probably written by an American army officer.

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  • Letters from the Firing Line, 1914

    Letters from the Firing Line, 1914

    Dan Schlenoff | October 24, 2014 |

    Reported in Scientific American This Week in World War I: October 24, 1914 This article, "Letters from the Firing Line," is bylined "By an Officer in the French Army—Special War Correspondent of the Scientific American." The short biography describes an "artist as well as an officer." The drawings here (see illustrations) may have been the [...]

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  • Censorship and Armored Cars, Circa 1914

    Censorship and Armored Cars, Circa 1914

    Dan Schlenoff | October 17, 2014 |

    This Week in World War I: October 17, 1914 The cover wrap of the issue has a painting of an armored car, charging into—surely not running away from!—some battle, gun blazing.

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