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Re: Regarding latest film Midway and wrinkled officer uniforms
I have seen newsreels and stills from the early to mid 1930s of USN exercises showing aircraft with smoke canisters laying a smoke screen to hide the approaching mock torpedo plane or destroyer attacks.
But I have never heard of this actually being used in wartime. I suspect by the time war came this tactic had proved too dangerous to the smoke laying aircraft and too confusing to the attackers to be considered worthwhile.
I just saw They Were Expendable and note in the beginning, before hard times, the USN officers are as wrinkled in their khaki as in Midway including when wearing the white uniforms at a social function. That was a 1945 film.
In the later, larger budgeted film In Harms Way I notice they were impeccably dressed whether khaki or whites at Pearl Harbor. More stressed naturally as they were closer to the front.
I saw Midway and it was ok. Reminded me of a 1950s Hollywood war film done with big budget and modern CGI instead of models and stock footage. It is a lot like In Harms Way. I can see why they included PH, Doolittle, etc.segments for the currently ill or unread WW2 subject matter audience. It is a clumsily made film I thought. Never seen the mid-70s version. Will give that a try.
I heard at the beginning of this Midway that SBDs had smoke bombs to lay a smoke screen for the torpedo planes. Never heard of that before. Hollywood or History?
Oh, the Japanese had the best lines.
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