Ever since the four-wheeled Sumerian donkey chariot was replaced by the two-wheeled horse-drawn variety, war and technological innovation have gone hand and hand. In no conflict was this more apparent than World War II--arguably the first modern war. As soldiers fought from one end of the globe to the other, scientists developed many of the technologies that underlie not only today's wars, but our daily lives: nuclear power, radar, jet propulsion and the personal computer.
And for the entire course of the war, Popular Science Magazine documented the enormous scientific advances spurned on by that most awful conflict. So, in honor of the 65th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, take a look back at our coverage of D-Day tech from the 1940s when, as always, PopSci envisioned a bold and thrilling future driven by amazing technology. Enjoy.
The Germans were working on a remote-controlled anti-tank weapon, called "Goliath". It was a small treaded vehicle about the size of a power lawnmower. Essentially a "land torpedo", it was packed with explosives. It was the forerunner of modern-day equivalents such as the "Big Dog" robot.
Nothing is ever new - there are only improvements.
Search YouTube for "big dog robot" and "goliath tracked mine".
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I believe saying WWII is arguably the first modern war is incorrect. First, any protracted war tends to give birth to a myriad of new weapons. Secondly, the American Civil War is generally considered the first modern war, as it features the first all-metal warships, submarines, extensive use of repeating arms, extensive use of railroads for troop and supply movement and an early instance of the implementation of total war, Sherman's March To The Sea.
WWII was the first computer aided war and what's not modern about computers. Iron clad warships were just that clad in iron not completely made out of it. There was a war sub used in the revolutionary war too it had about the same success. I suppose its kida silly to try and draw a line, each war sense the second hundred years war has seen a perpetual advancement of tactics and armaments and logistics.