I've been working with Jason Lambright and Dirk de Jager on the next AoT novel and recently had them give some thinking time over to what sort of uptime tech might get quickly adapted and pushed out to the military by the mid 1950s.
I've also been thinking about consumer tech, but that's a different area.
Below is a far from comprehensive list of Dirk and Jason’s goodie bag. Overnight, Dirk sent me a some more thoughts about the whole process:
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something in NATO Olive
There is something about tinkering with the past and the all-encompassing theme of these books namely “What if?”. Oh, let me introduce myself first: my name is Dirk and I am one of the minions in JB’s sweatshop doing research and contributing a few words and ideas.
We have been thinking up a nice little scenario and already are on track for a great addition to the series. And we thought up on most of the toys we will be using in this book. Things like the HK 416 assault rifle, an update M60 main battle tank and the F-15 Eagle. But even three decent minds can forget something.
So, in the ye old and trusted Burger tradition we present to you The Pepsi Challenge. For this we have devised two categories:
Existing weapon, procedure of tech thingie. For this you may scowler the interwebs and the Pedia of Wiki for something cool. Couple of rules: it must be able to be build by mid 70s technology and be feasible to be used in the field and/or in daily life. And off course we haven’t used it already. We will be replying to each and every post, so you can send in another cool thing if we have already come up with one of those.
Made up weapon, procedure of tech thingie with a degree of realism. So, no unicorn fart powered thermo nuclear tipped glidebombs or ICBM launching torpedoes. Bonus points can be gathered for things that are especially sneaky. For mentioned rules on the tech base also apply.
The prize: the two winners will get a cameo in 3.1. We can’t promise though you won’t be overrun by a speeding T-72 tank, get blown up by an incoming mortar shell or sleep with the fishes on the end of your paragraph. But if the input is good, we will do our best …
The fine print: the intellectual property will be become owned by Slim Jim Enterprises and the proceeds of these will be misused by Mr. Davidson on procuring dames and probably Columbian’s finest. But as a fan of the series you will be fine by that.
And if and when this post hits 50 replies, Jason and I will waterboard JB into publishing a new snippet of the book on the channel. So, thinking caps on chaps and chapettes and surprise us. We know you can …
And the list so far...
Permethrin (An insecticide and medicated ointment for treating nasty inset bites)
Blood type ID patches
IZLID (laser designator)
The metric system! (But not in the US, of course, unless Kolhammer gets his way via some diabolical Quiet Room project).
Improved First Aid Kits, training, the concept of "the golden hour"
Quick Clot powder, Combat gauze (jam into wounds)
Combat Application Tourniquet
Israeli pressure bandage
Katadyn water filters
V-40 grenade (with reliable fuse)
Night vision goggles. (Curious to see just how far those would advance in ten years, given the very obvious advantages to whichever side got the lead).
Flameless ration heaters
Jungle Boots, Vietnam style (current issue)
GPS navigation tools (Again, this is one, as we've seen in out TL, with massive civilian commercial applications. I suspect it would advance very quickly, along with satellite tech in general)
Black Hornet PD-100 mini recon drone
Improved maps, NVG readable
Improved socks, dacron mix, silver thread
Nicotine gum with vitamin C
Dextrose energy tablets, mixes
Power inverters for rough field power sources
Mini solar panels
Wind up propaganda radios, mini, air-droppable, tuned to VOA
Armored glass for vehicles
Slat armor, Hesco basket mesh
Sawzall, battery powered
RPO-A-SHMEL "Bumblebee" RPG Flamethrower (M202)
Water powered field generator
Folding rubber cups