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Posted by Bill Rowe on July 31, 2020, 6:18:22, in reply to "material
Khakis were the working clothes for officers, comparable to dungarees. A pair of pants from the early '60s tacit amphipbs have at lease two colors of paint smears and mismatched buttons on the fly. The 1942 Atlantic may have had higher standards.
What I remember from dad's time in the Navy. The white and khaki uniforms were cotton twill and were through sometime in the late 60s or early 70s. Officially neither the white or khaki jacket is lined. These were summer weight fabrics without a lot of body, without a lot of starch they wrinkled easily. It would not be uncommon to see wrinkled working uniforms aboard ship or on base for anything less than a full dress event.
I have photos of dad's USN commissioning summer 1958 and my uncle's USMC commissioning summer 1960. Both events were in tropical whites, yes the USMC wore dress tropical whites. In both sets they start out crisp but by the end of the ceremonies everyone is wrinkled.
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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