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hey All,

just got the green light from Schiffer Pub. LTD. for the 1st two books on Special Forces in South east Asia. the 1st book will White Star, and cover the years in Laos.

If anyone has any photos, uniforms, paper work, jump docs or headgear youd like to take photos of and add to the book Id be greatful! currently I have about 700+ original B&W photos of SF in Laos, and can always use more!!!

 

The 2nd book will be 1960-1963 and cover the 1st 5th, and 7th Groups, also if you have anything to add to this please feel free to email em to me....

 

pwmiraldi67@hotmail.com

 

thnaks,

 

paul

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sneak peak,

here are a few pix from the upcomming book

paul

 

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and one from part 2

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Looks superb Paul, congrats!

 

I'll look forward to adding a copy to my library.

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Guys ,

I just spent preping for a SOG photo shoot Call of Duty Black opps on monday and took a bit of time to go through Pauls White star book and was blown away by what I saw .

As you know this is the very first period for the Vietnam conflict and uniforms were simple to say the least , however on close inspection things became apparent that some rather colorful things were happening .

Some high lights to me were the use of French Camouflage , one cammo suit after looking through at it for a while ..I am stumped , maybe Windproof ?

1st pattern tigers making showing up .......in small numbers ...

Head gear to make you go yahoo!!!

Picture groupings so deep its simply great to see together .

Paul is going to open up the whole start of the conflict in a way that has not been shown before ,a truely massive labour of love and the good news is ...its only part one of a series that will cover the whole war in depth.

Cant wait to see the finished product .

owen


 

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Guys ,

I just spent preping for a SOG photo shoot Call of Duty Black opps on monday and took a bit of time to go through Pauls White star book and was blown away by what I saw .

As you know this is the very first period for the Vietnam conflict and uniforms were simple to say the least , however on close inspection things became apparent that some rather colorful things were happening .

Some high lights to me were the use of French Camouflage , one cammo suit after looking through at it for a while ..I am stumped , maybe Windproof ?

1st pattern tigers making showing up .......in small numbers ...

Head gear to make you go yahoo!!!

Picture groupings so deep its simply great to see together .

Paul is going to open up the whole start of the conflict in a way that has not been shown before ,a truely massive labour of love and the good news is ...its only part one of a series that will cover the whole war in depth.

Cant wait to see the finished product .

owen

 

 

Thanks Owen,

your the best!!

yea Im spending upwards of 5 hours a day, reading, typing organizing and so on hoping to have 900+ photos which will include period knives, civillian clothes, headgear as well as other "Americana" items, such as cracker tims, soap, and so on.....

thanks again

 

paul

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hey all

 

just finished with the book intro and such....

 

 

 

This new book covers the little known advisor and combat operations of USSF serving in Laos from 1959-1962. This is the first book to accurately show the appearance of USSF and provides the reader with an insight into the wide range of uniforms, weapons and field equipment used by the early Special Forces advisors serving TDY in SE Asia prior to Vietnam.

 

The volume sets the stage for the USSF next and longest involvement in SE Asia; Vietnam. The devastating and dramatic character of the war required many innovations in military clothing and equipment. New lightweight comfortable uniforms, adequate survival gear, and protection from the heat and elements was a must! Everything the Green beret learned in Laos was carried over to Vietnam in new lightweight “modern” gear.

This book finally resolves the confusion surrounding many of the uniforms worn as well Foreign camouflage patterns and garments borrowed and establishes a complete and concise system of identification and terminology.

 

Tthe author displays a broad range of original uniforms and artifacts to the reader, together with detailed descriptions. Topics covered in this volume include: Uniforms, headgear, side arms, knives both issued and private purchase, headgear, personal items and “Americana.”

 

 

Using over 800 period photographs, B&W and color images from items out of private collections and museums, the author displays a broad range of artifacts to the reader, together with detailed descriptions of these items.

 

 

Compiled to serve as a useful and authoritative reference on the appearance of USSF advisors in Laos, and has been designed to aid not only the beginning collector, but also the seasoned advanced collector and specialist. These volumes are the result of many years of arduous research conducted on both sides of the Atlantic, and are a scholarly study that is more than a perfunctory annotation and illustration of the known basic uniform appearance.

 

 

These volumes will be a welcome addition to the library, and a must for the collectors of USSF Uniforms, headgear, insignia and militaria, as well as researchers, reenactors, modelers and students of military uniforms and costumes as well as the appreciator of well executed military art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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nice one Paul, it was impressive when I looked through all the photos back in May. Reserve me a copy sir

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Thanks Paul

 

just took another 100+ photos over the weekend and have access to a huge private knife collection and am waiting on photos from the National Archives that have photos for me in the mail; SWEET!!!

 

book should be at least 900+ photos B&W and color!!

 

more updates to come

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Hey all, real quick, just got some more photos today, book count is up to 500+

 

Knives, I now have over 50 different knives in the back section of the book from the simple hunting knives of the period to the super unique all with a brief discription.

 

Headgear: now up to 25 different cowboy hats, pith helmets, patrol caps and berets

 

thanks all

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UPDATE:

 

as of today ive got roughly 600+ photos, and have a huge photo shoot this weekend at kammo mans house!! using a large part of his collection of camo, Bob Chatt and Vintage Prod. was nice enough to loan me a few hats for the book, as well as jeff Warner is nice enough to bring over some of WWII weapons, and gear, as well as access to a HUGE knife collection, which Im going to pick up today!! The book should be well over 900+ photos, totally jazzed right now, spending a good 5 hours a day working hard!!!

 

this sunday will be another 20 plus figures Im photographing totall for the book will be over 75 different White star Hot Foot advisors recreated!!!!!

 

thanks all

 

paul

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I can't wait to see your book Paul, I am really looking forward to it :thumbsup:

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I can't wait to see your book Paul, I am really looking forward to it :thumbsup:

 

Thanks Mr. X!!

 

just got a package today from the National Archives in DC they sent me 10 photos of SF in 1961 in Laos, some really cool team shots and gear and such!! Gotta get some more from them!!! But wont be cheap lol

 

paul

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well it was a pretty long and productive day! i really need to look into buying a better digital camera though! Not happy with the camera Im using!! all in all we took over 400 photos and 20 figures, most of which I can use! New talley 75 figures for the book with 10 more waiting to be done!!

Lucky for me Owen's friend Kevin was so photogentic!!!

all in all a good day!!

 

paul

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