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Evening Gentlemen,

 

Tonight I'm going to bring you one of my most recent impressions I've been working on. This impression is of little known and under represented U.S. 5307th Composite Unit(Provisional) a.k.a. "Merrill's Marauders"...

 

My objective with this impression is to eventually cover all facets of the 5307th from February 1944 to January 1945 when they returned stateside. Right now I've only got the combat look set up so here ya go...

 

Frontal View ~

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Rear View ~

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Stopped For The Evening ~

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Scouting (1) ~

5307_4.jpg

 

Scouting (2) ~

5307_5.jpg

 

Scouting (3) ~

5307_6.jpg

 

On the move in the heat of the Burmese jungle (1) ~

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Stopped on a trail (1) ~

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Stopped on a trail (2) ~

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Impression is made up of the following:

 

Original:

1st Pattern Herringbone Twill, Working Man's Cap "Daisy Mae"(Original)

M-1 Fixed bail Helmet w/ 2nd Pattern Hawley Liner(Original)

1st Pattern Herringbone Twill, Working Man's Jacket(Original)

M-1937 Field Service Trousers(Original)

M-1938 Service Leggings, Dismounted(Original)

M-1928 Haversack w/ contents and "Meat Can" contents(Original)

M-1923 Cartridge Belt w/ Duel Canteens, Cups, and Covers, also M-1942 First Aid Pouch w/ kit(Original)

U.S. Rifle Caliber .30 M-1(Original)

 

Reproduction:

1st Pattern Herringbone Twill, Working Man's Trousers(WWII Impressions)

OD Tank Top Undershirt(At The Front)

Cushioned Sole Socks(WWII Impressions)

Type I Service Shoes(WWII Impressions)

Trouser Belt w/ Open Faced Buckle(WWII Impressions)

M-1910 E-Tool("T" Handle Shovel)(At The Front)


 

"The Galloping Ghost of the North African Coast"

TC1c James F. Dunigan, III
Gunnery Division 4, U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42

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A series of photos taken in the jungles of Burma, 1944:

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5307th_7.jpg

 

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Alright, I've shown you one of mine now let's see yours! ;)thumbsup.gif The impression can be of any time period of U.S. military history!

 

Kind Regards,

FRISCAN


 

"The Galloping Ghost of the North African Coast"

TC1c James F. Dunigan, III
Gunnery Division 4, U.S.S. Savannah, CL-42

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The first shot is of me as a USN Lt pilot, standing next to my trusty TBM torpedo plane. The second shot is the ultimate USN Air reenactor photo when I got to serve as gunner in a SNJ. twothumbup.gif

 

Tom

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Learn to ride hard, shoot straight, dance well and so live that you can, if necessary, look any man in the eye and tell him to go to Hell! US Cavalry Manual, 1923

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Evening Gentlemen,

 

 

Impression is made up of the following:

 

Original:

1st Pattern Herringbone Twill, Working Man's Cap "Daisy Mae"(Original)

M-1 Fixed bail Helmet w/ 2nd Pattern Hawley Liner(Original)

1st Pattern Herringbone Twill, Working Man's Jacket(Original)

M-1937 Field Service Trousers(Original)

M-1938 Service Leggings, Dismounted(Original)

M-1928 Haversack w/ contents and "Meat Can" contents(Original)

M-1923 Cartridge Belt w/ Duel Canteens, Cups, and Covers, also M-1942 First Aid Pouch w/ kit(Original)

U.S. Rifle Caliber .30 M-1(Original)

 

Reproduction:

1st Pattern Herringbone Twill, Working Man's Trousers(WWII Impressions)

OD Tank Top Undershirt(At The Front)

Cushioned Sole Socks(WWII Impressions)

Type I Service Shoes(WWII Impressions)

Trouser Belt w/ Open Faced Buckle(WWII Impressions)

M-1910 E-Tool("T" Handle Shovel)(At The Front)

 

 

Very cool!! I like how its not all fake! seriously good job!! thumbsup.gif

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You do see a lot of period pictures, WWII included of soldiers that were a little more ''touchy feely" hug.gif than we are today. I guess they were not as worried about being labeled a "sissy boy" console.gif (trying to be politically correct :unsure: ) as we are today.

"The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke


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Here is a pic taken at one of our last events held at Camp Roberts here in California. I am on the left while my pal Phil (aka GI_GIVE here on the forum) is on the right. The senario was set in Sicily and considering that it was 105 degrees that day, I think that it added to the realism of the event. wink2.gif

 

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I tried to make this photo look like an old 1940's news photo

 

I think you need to invest in a pair of canvas/rubber jungle boots. Marauders swore they were like "walking on the bosoms of maidens."

 

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If only we had really used Crocs for combat boots. No more trench foot!

 

Rob

 

Rob,

You can always go with "BDUs and tennis shoes"! :lol:

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Reference Photos:

 

A series of photos taken in the jungles of Burma, 1944:

 

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Notice the standing soldier on the left has a medic pouch strapped to the back of his M-1928 pack with a ET over the top. think.gif

Written contributor to French Militaria Magazine, UK World War II Re-enactors Magazine &The Karkee Web Research Team.

Remembering the service of:
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436 Private Albert McCANN, B Company 8th Battalion AIF. Enlisted 26/8/14. Killed in Action 17/6/15 Gallipoli.
VX24056 Gunner George Edward McCANN, 2/3 Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment. Enlisted 7/6/40. Discharged 3/8/44. Served in Australia and New Guinea.



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Oh and I forgot to say:

 

Really good impression Friscan, you look the part. thumbsup.gif

 

And I love the T shirt tan lines w00t.gif

Written contributor to French Militaria Magazine, UK World War II Re-enactors Magazine &The Karkee Web Research Team.

Remembering the service of:
9095 Pte Alfred Fredrick NEWLAND, 7th Field Ambulance, 2 Division, AIF. WIA 16/11/16 France.
436 Private Albert McCANN, B Company 8th Battalion AIF. Enlisted 26/8/14. Killed in Action 17/6/15 Gallipoli.
VX24056 Gunner George Edward McCANN, 2/3 Composite Anti Aircraft Regiment. Enlisted 7/6/40. Discharged 3/8/44. Served in Australia and New Guinea.



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OK this may take awhile for you guys to read but it is worth it

Seves Island impression

Date: July 22-27 1944

Unit: 90th Division, 358th Regiment, 1st and 2nd Bn.

Location: St. Germain sur Seves AKA "The Island"

http://www.normandy1944.org.uk/seves.jpg

Situation: Following the Heavy Fight for Hill 122 the 90th took a few days breather and then headed out again this time to Start Operation Cobra. In front of the 90th lay a small two mile long by half a mile wide "Island". This strip of land was cut to the North by the now swelling Seves River and to the others sides by swamps and creeks making an Island of Sorts. At 6:30 AM on July 22 the 1st and 2nd Bn Attacked north to the Island after a 15 minute artillery barrage. At first the the the attack was a success with the Bn.'s moving 250 yards inland, but this soon changed. At 12 PM the German Commander gave orders to send the Tough Ombres off the Island. The 1st and 2nd Bn.'s soon lost 2 officers and 7 men KIA and 10 Officers and 180 men MIA. Still holding on by a shoe string the 90th dug in for the night. The Next day the Germans brought up 2 MG42's placing one on the edge of an open field the the 90th rear and the other with a plain field of fire over the Seves River. Also this morning the Germans brought up 3 tanks, though 2 were disabled before getting into the fray.

On July 23rd the Germans launched three attacks; One at 7:00 AM the second at 8:00 AM and the third roughly around 11:00 AM. By Mid day more then 200 American soldiers surrendered to the 50 Germans. A Group of Americans Dashed for the river instead of being taken prisoners, at this point the 2 MG42's opened up on the retreating Americans and decimated them. At around 3:00 PM two US army Chaplains boldly walked in the Meadows of Seves Island with White Flags to collect the dead. The Germans honored the truce and US and German medics came forward to take care of the wounded, at one point a MG42 gunner pointed out the dead and wounded soldiers to the medics. The 90th retreated to lick there wounds and fight another day.

On the 26 and 27th of July the 90th again attacked but only to find the Island void of Germans.

Reference:

http://www.historynet.com/us-armys-90th-....in-normandy.htm

http://www.normandy1944.org.uk/seves_island.htm

http://www.normandy1944.org.uk/new_page_9.htm

http://www.tankbooks.com/interviews/donfoy1.htm

http://pagesperso-orange.fr/normandy44-90d...sa/2-90e-02.htm

http://www.90thdivisionassoc.org/90thDivis...storybook/1.htm - CHAPTER III

The Hill, the Islands and the Plains.

Photos:

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/p011191/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/main-22php/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/dv90us_1/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/5305169...83fae_b/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/vdo-hi-capt02/web.jpg

http://gallery.mac.com/tcm28/100106/p013355/web.jpg

http://gallery.mac.com/tcm28/100106/post-2...3832264/web.jpg

http://gallery.mac.com/tcm28/100106/Webarmy_buddies/web.jpg - Note cut down leggings

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/vdo-hi-capt05/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/vdo-hi-capt01/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/Goodfri...hatdied/web.jpg

The Following Photos are From Combat Reels: 90th ID

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/0614081321/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/0614081320/web.jpg - Note cut down leggings

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/0614081320a/web.jpg - Note cut down leggings

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/c0_12_sb/web.jpg

Please Note: Due to the the small amount of photos taken during the battle for Seves Island I have also added some other pictures of of the 90th during the Normandy Campaign.

Impression:

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000757/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000758/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000760/web.jpg

( http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/dv90us_1/web.jpg )

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000766/web.jpg

( http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/Goodfri...hatdied/web.jpg )

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000773/web.jpg

( http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/dv90us_1/web.jpg )

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000775/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000776/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000779/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000786/web.jpg (Da*m Mosquito!!)

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000798/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000801/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000807/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000810/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000811/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000819/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000820/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000821/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000822/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000826/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000827/web.jpg

http://gallery.me.com/tcm28/100250/P1000829/web.jpg

Equipment:

1923 Cartridge belt (ATF)

1928 Haversack (Original)

1910 Canteen case (ATF)

Canteen and cup ( Original)

1942 aid pouch (ATF)

Pistol belt (Original)

M1 Garand Bayonet (Stuart Antiques)

Carbine pouch ( Original)

Rough Out Boots ( ATF)

1943 Entrenching tool covers (ATF / Original

1943 Entrenching tool ( Original re done)

1938 Leggings (Original)

1938 Leggings (cut down) (Original)

Front Seam Helmet with TO ( J Murray)

Front Seam Helmet with TO ( Original through J. Murray)

Wool shirt and trousers ( Original)

2nd Pattern HBT's ( ATF)

Tanker Jacket (ATF)

M41 (Sturm revamped)

I will post more later.

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Nice job Charlie, and its nice to see you on this forum. There is lots of great info here.

Welcome thumbsup.gif

 

Aaron

"The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing."
Edmund Burke


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Yes that was me in the Ally. what site was it on? and Dalb I am happy to be here and hope to help and find lots of info.

I'm not sure, I know I didn't join it, this is the only site I am a member of, and by far, its the best! thumbsup.gif

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