National Defense: More Tanks

The War Department last week let a whopping batch of orders ($100,000,000) for tanks, set up a new organization to see that they are made well and fast.

Boss of Army tank design and procurement is big, blue-eyed Lieut. Colonel John Kay ("Jack") Christmas, whom Army Ordnance rates tops among U.S. tank experts. No West Pointer, Jack Christmas is a mechanical engineer (Lafayette College) who got interested in tanks while he was an artilleryman in France during World War I. From tank testing at the Army's Aberdeen (Md.) Proving Ground, last week he was shifted to Washington, given charge of a new...

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