Praetor-Warsmith Vidur and his brand new command squad. In the background you can see the work in progress of the Medusa, fluff wise it has been salvaged and repaired to be fielded in the forces of the XIV Grand Battalion.
This is the first time in a decade that I have attempted to use transfers. I feel that this has actually worked out well, not perfect but well enough.
M4A2(W) company “C” 4th tank battalion Marines on Iwo Jima, February 1945. the Machine has different kinds of extra protection, taking into account the applicable Japanese infantry tactics against tanks. Almost all the tanks of the marine corps had their own names.
a vivd reminder of the growing disparity between us and japanese tanks by 1944 is this 4th marine tank battalion m4a2 carrying a trophy type 94 tankette after the fighting on namur in march 1944. the marine 4th battalion was one of the first units to adopt the practice of layering the sides of their tanks with thick timber planks.these were added after the first marine encounters with japanese type 99 magnetic mines.
A Marine with Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, gives orders to his team during the final exercise of Exercise Tiger Strike 2016, in Sabah Province, Malaysia, Nov. 13, 2016. The final exercise served as a demonstration of U.S. and Malaysian bilateral capabilities to plan, communicate and execute amphibious operations. Photo By: Cpl. Devan K. Gowans
The third day of diving with Cmlc Artha found us heading back to Tinian Island for two more dive sites. Dump Cove (or Dump Coke) was our first destination. . The 2nd and the 4th marine divisions were assigned to take the Tinian Island. It would be the fourth round for the 2nd marine division in just over 18 months. They started out in Feb of 1943 at Guadalcanal and then in November they had 72 hours of combat on Tarawa. The 4th started their island campaign in the Marshall Islands at Roi-Namur before heading to join the 2nd in the Battle of Saipan. . The entire Japanese garrison of 9000 were eliminated and up to 4000 civilians also died. Some figures place that number at 5000. The majority were also suicides. US casualties number 326 killed and about 1600 wounded. . After US soldiers took over Tinian, they turned this cove into a dumping ground - a place to temporarily hide and discard the remnants of the war and life underwater. I didn’t see any coke bottles or cases (that’s where the name of the dive site comes from), but I did see parts of jeeps and tanks, and other bits of military detritus. It all has to stay underwater though, because a lot of the bomb casings and other items are covered in phosphorus which has been leaching out over the years. It can burst into flames when reaching the surface. White phosphorus (Willie Pete) would be used in other places and other wars too: Vietnam, Korea, Chechnya, the Falkland Islands, Iraq, etc. . The US first employed the use of napalm incendiary bombs in the European theater on March 6 of 1944 on the city of Berlin. It is said that the first use of napalm in the Pacific Theater began on Tinian - in the form of bombs (the M-69) and flamethrowers. When the B-29s that were targeting cities in Japan ran out of conventional bombs, General Curtis LeMay turned to napalm for the bombing raids. . One firebomb released from a low-flying plane can damage an area of 2,500 square yards (2,100m2) . “Napalm is the most terrible pain you can imagine. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius. (212˚F) Napalm generates temperatures of 800 to 1,200 degrees Celsius (1,500-2,200˚F)” (Kim Phúc, a survivor from a napalm bombing). . It wasn’t until 1981 that the use of napalm (and WP) against civilian populations became banned by the UN (Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons). The United States signed Protocol III on the 21st of January, 2009 which was President Obama’s first full day in office. .
Sgt. Candice Puente, a drill instructor for Platoon 4011, Oscar Company, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, looks over her recruits’ marksmanship data book on the rifle range Feb. 25, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits use marksmanship data books to keep track of their progress and to adjust their techniques accordingly. Rifle qualification is one of eight requirements recruits must fulfill to become Marines. Puente is a 26-year-old native of El Paso, Texas. Oscar Company is scheduled to graduate April 4, 2014. Parris Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Vaniah Temple)