Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Casemate Publishers; First Edition edition (May 15, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 12.4 inches
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This is an update from my previous review. I was a Marine from 1962 until 1966, and we were still using some of the equipment shown in the book. I carried the M-1 Garand during ITR at Camp Geiger and fired the BAR, rifle grenades, 3.5 rocket-launcher, flame thrower and all that "neat stuff" for familiarization. We ate C-Rations in the field. There are problems with this book, however, so take what you read and see in it with a grain of salt.Right away, on the map that shows the Pacific Theater, the invasion date for Iwo Jima is incorrect. It says February 1944, a year EARLIER than the actual invasion. It does not mention the second A-Bomb dropped on Japan, 3 days after the first.The models who display the uniforms clearly are not or were not Marines; it isn't their fault that in many cases the clothes are an improper fit, but they don't seem to have made an attempt to "square away" just a little more. In one case, especially, the model has made a complete botch of the blanket roll on the "Field Marching Pack." The seam of the folded roll doesn't even show (it should be on the top of the roll, facing the rear) and the side blanket roll straps are on incorrectly. A "marine" in dress greens doesn't have the belt passing properly through the belt buckle. Many of the dress uniforms have un-shined brass, rank insignia and Corps emblems are improperly displayed and the covers of the "barracks covers" are sloppily mounted. As far as the "utility" uniforms go, some of them have unbelievably long "Irish pennants" (loose threads, which were "verboten" in my time), and "pennants" also appear on field equipment. We called ties "field scarves" with a single dimple under the knot, and wore tie clips to hold our ties in place.
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