Attack on Pearl Harbor: Nikola Tesla’s Attempt to Prevent Enemy Attacks.
Prior to World War II and the attack on Pearl Harbor, in 1935, Nikola Tesla sent an elaborate technical paper with diagrams to a number of allied nations including the United States, Canada, England, France, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia. It was titled “New Art of Projecting Concentrated Non-Dispersive Energy Through Natural Media.” The paper provided the first technical description of a charged particle beam weapon. Tesla was communicating with the U.S. government and Prime Minster Chamberlain of Great Britain in an effort to promote his weapon for defense against enemy aerial attacks. The inventor’s correspondence with Chamberlain was his direct attempt to prevent Nazi Germany from taking over his native homeland, but when Great Britain, France and Italy agreed to let Germany annex Czechoslovakia at the Munich Conference in 1938, his communication with the Prime Minister came to an end. His ultimate goal was to prevent World War II.
Tesla’s device was a natural extension of his high frequency work where he produced 100 foot long sparks in his laboratory experiments at Colorado Springs in 1899. The next step was to control and direct this energy as a weapon. The device he proposed was a open vacuum tube that could charge small or large particles to millions of volts and project these highly charged “non-dispersive” particles through free air to bring down hundreds of enemy airplanes.
ILLUSTRATING OPEN VACUUM TUBE
A MODIFIED FORM OF OPEN VACUUM TUBE
Had the U.S. Government and other allies accepted and adopted Tesla’s inventions and proposals he could have made this country, and others, completely invulnerable to any foreign invasions. Particularly like what happened at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Unfortunately, his innovations weren’t taken seriously, and his hopes and dreams of furthering peace died with him in 1943.
Other articles references on his proposed weapon for peace:
“Tesla Invents Peace Ray: Tesla Describes His Beam of Destructive Energy.“ New York Sun, July 10, 1934.
“Beam To Kill Army At 200 Miles, Tesla’s Claim On 78th Birthday: Death Ray Also Available as Power Agent in Peace Times, Inventor Declares.” New York Herald Tribune, July 11, 1934.
“Dr. Tesla Visions The End Of Aircraft In War.“ Every Week Magazine, Oct. 21, 1934.
“A Machine to End War: A Famous Inventor, Picturing Life 100 Years from Now Reveals an Astounding Scientific Venture Which He Believes Will Change the Course of History.” Liberty Magazine, February 9, 1935.
“Tesla Predicts Ships Powered By Shore Beam: Scoffs at Normandies “Speed,” Sees Success for His Plan to Use Stratosphere Ray, Would Light Sea at Night, and Says French Liner’s System Copied His in U. S. Boats.” New York Herald Tribune, June 5, 1935.
“Aerial Defense “Death Beam” Offered To U.S. By Tesla: Noted Inventor Says His Ray Will Melt Plane Motors at 250 Mile Range.“Baltimore Sun, July 12, 1940.
“Death Ray’ For Planes.” New York Times, September 22, 1940.
“Proposing The ‘Death Ray’ For Defense: The beam would melt enemy airplane motors before they approached our coasts and blow up hostile bombers.” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 20, 1940.
Mythbusters busted a lot of those myths.