Armies of the Vietnam War (Men-at-Arms, Volume 143) by Lee Russell

By Lee Russell

On March eighth, 1965, a few 3,500 US Marines, the 1st US strive against troops to reach in Vietnam, landed in Da Nang to shield the united states air base there. On June eighth, following extra reinforcements, basic Westmoreland licensed his troops to start "offensive patrolling." Lee Russell's follow-up to Men-at-Arms 104 focuses in finer aspect at the uniforms and insignia of the united states military and Marines, the ARVN and the NVA. The booklet is jam-packed with fantastically exact black and white photos of the forces energetic within the Vietnam battle, and Mike Chappell's first-class illustrations supply key reference fabric for the modern uniforms and battledress.

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On the march, furry hats also collected dust, which, if not present on the road, was sometimes created by the pipeclayed uniforms. T h e highland feather bonnet shared most of these disadvantages (although it was supposed to be equipped with an oilskin cover). After a long march, soldiers would spend hours restoring their dress and equipment to a pristine condition rather than resting: "A march will never be admitted as an excuse for dirt and slovenliness. "^^ In 1 8 3 1 , the Clothing Board recommended a reduction of only 22 The Spectacular Image three ounces in the one-poimd, fifteen-ounce shako, the most it could be decreased without weakening its design.

Although they contributed much to the British war effort, after 1815 they were viewed as pohtically untrustworthy. Middle- and lower-middle-class officers were less likely to be committed to the status quo, and were thus more prone to become mercenary or revolutionary in sentiment (like the French officers who had risen with the Revolution). The reactionary duke of Cumberland felt this was the case with the post-1815 Prussian army: "Many of the generals and principal officers with whom I am in daily habits agree with me, that what was good and necessary in 1813 to 1815 ought to have ceased after the war, as it was only calculated for the necessity of the times, but this was not done [and the army] was made subservient to the worst of objects .

W h e n General Sir John Moore was severely wounded at the battle of Corunna in 1808, he would not allow his aides to remove his sword, though it aggravated his wound. "^^ In peacetime, to ensure that passers-by would not miss the effect, many officers wore their swords low, so that the end of the scabbard, the "shoe," would make noise by dragging on the ground. '^^ Enlisted men also carried weapons, and though cavalrymen wore swords, the abolition of the hanger (short sword) for heavy infantry in 1768 left the bayonet as the infantryman's side arm (rifle regiments used sword-bayonets).

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