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US Army / USMC winter uniforms of the Korean War
« on: March 27, 2017, 11:59:09 PM »
I'm came across this interesting little film on YouTube. Obviously, there's a propaganda element to it, but it does demonstrate the range and quality of winter clothing developed by the US military...and its evident superiority over the Chinese PLA's quilted cotton winter uniform.  If you read books about the conflict, such as Max Hastings' "Korean War", it's apparent that not all "GIs" were adequately equipped for the extremes of the Korean climate ( just as they weren't during the Battle of the Bulge ) but the clothing was in the system and gradually found its way to the men at the front.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9g9jwN5_Fgw
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Re: US Army / USMC winter uniforms of the Korean War
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 03:56:11 AM »
Actually, despite the paucity of the Chinese uniforms and equipment, they still managed to give the much better fed and equipped US / UN armies a severe bloody nose!  That's the difference between a peasant army from a communist state and a conscripted army from a democracy....sadly to be repeated again in VN.  The Chinese...and their NK allies...endured privations that western armies would, indeed could not. The Chinese would fight on a bowl of rice a day...indefinitely. A typical US / UN division needed tons of supplies...per day...just to keep it in the field! On those occasions when the Chinese captured and ate UN rations, they often made themselves ill because they were not used to a western diet!  Three squares a day did not figure in their mind-set!
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Re: US Army / USMC winter uniforms of the Korean War
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 07:28:46 AM »
And the reverse is true on the chow.  Captured Westerners had trouble with the Asian diet.

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Re: US Army / USMC winter uniforms of the Korean War
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2017, 07:32:09 AM »
I was issued those white wool socks in 1980.

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Re: US Army / USMC winter uniforms of the Korean War
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2017, 11:40:25 PM »
I was issued those white wool socks in 1980.

Time to wash them now then?
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Re: US Army / USMC winter uniforms of the Korean War
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2017, 11:41:59 PM »
And the reverse is true on the chow.  Captured Westerners had trouble with the Asian diet.

The Chinese rations consisted primarily of rice and sorghum. Their prisoners were fed the same mush!
 
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Re: US Army / USMC winter uniforms of the Korean War
« Reply #6 on: March 29, 2017, 08:43:06 AM »
I was issued those white wool socks in 1980.

Time to wash them now then?

Wore them once and never again.  They all have a bulky seam across the toe that makes them hurt your feet.

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Re: US Army / USMC winter uniforms of the Korean War
« Reply #7 on: March 29, 2017, 09:09:54 AM »
I love rice.





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