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Stories by Dan Schlenoff

Advanced Gun Technology, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: December 4, 1915 The belligerant nations in World War I strained their manufacturing capacity to the utmost to provide the most effective weapons and ammunition for their vast armed forces.

December 4, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

"Tin Hats" Return, 1915

Reported in Scientific American , this Week in World War I: November 27, 1915 Between the late 1700s and 1915, helmets were worn by soldiers mostly for reasons of aesthetics.

November 27, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

"Primitive Warfare" in 1915

Reported in Scientific American , this Week in World War I: November 20, 1915 Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary on May 23, 1915. It did not go well.

November 20, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Clearing Explosives, 1915

Reported in Scientific American , this Week in World War I: November 13, 1915 The first two months of World War I saw intense, desperate fighting between French and German armies in Alsace-Lorraine.

November 13, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

The Phonograph Goes to War, 1915

Reported in Scientific American , this Week in World War I: November 6, 1915 Thomas Edison invented the Phonograph in 1877: a handy tabletop device that could play music for a small group of listeners.

November 6, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Electronics Fight Submarines, 1915

Reported in Scientific American , this Week in World War I: October 16, 1915 By October 1915 German submarines had sunk about 750,000 tons of merchant shipping.

October 16, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Fate of Torpedoed Ships, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: October 9, 1915 The first American ship to be torpedoed in World War I, on May 1, 1915, while the United States was still a neutral country in the War, caused an immediate diplomatic outcry and stern warnings to the German government.

October 9, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

War Comes to the Alps, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: October 2, 1915 After Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary on May 23, 1915, Italian troops attacked their neighbor to the northeast over a wide front of their shared border.

October 2, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Aircraft Communication, 1915

Reported in Scientific American , this Week in World War I: September 25, 1915 Considering how flying, even in the earliest years of the era of flight, seems high-tech, and despite the fact that the first trans-Atlantic wireless message was sent in 1901, it is curious to see flying machines in 1915 having to rely on communication technology that seems not too far advanced from smoke signals.

September 25, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Bigger Guns, 1915

Reported in Scientific American , this Week in World War I: September 18, 1915  The cover of this week’s issue of the magazine shows the interior of one of the forts surrounding the fortified town of Przemyśl, now in Poland, but in 1915 in the Galician province of the Austria-Hungarian empire.

September 18, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Aircraft Design Ahead of its Time, 1915

Reported in Scientific American, this Week in World War I: September 4, 1915 The cover of this issue from 100 years ago is slightly cringeworthy (technically unfeasible, overly dramatic) but was in fact based on ongoing aviation research in 1915.

September 4, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

Eyes in the Sky, 1915

Reported in Scientific American , this Week in World War I: August 28, 1915. August 1915 on the Western Front: the French, British and their allies faced off against the Germans and their allies across complex, well-fortified trench systems.

August 28, 2015 — Dan Schlenoff

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