ARMED FORCES: Foxhole Progress

In the age of jets, nuclear submarines, atomic bombs, missiles and electronic computers, science and military planners have been painfully slow coming to the rescue of the foot soldier. But last fortnight the Continental Army Command at Fort Monroe, Va. displayed an arsenal of new gear designed to give the well-armed G.I. more mobility, independence of action and firepower in the next war. Items:

¶ Explosive foxhole digger, a 5-lb. gadget that blasts a hole in the ground that is 3½ ft. deep, 3 ft. wide.

¶ Armored vest protects against small, low-velocity...

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