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U. S. Navy Uniforms in World War II Series: U. S. Naval Amphibious Forces Hardcover – February, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (February 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076432621X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764326219
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,213,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Warner has in this Schiffer series of books on the Naval Services' uniforms, equipment and insignia made an indelible and permanent contribution to the reference literature on the subject matter. In fact, it is the ONLY reference work on the subject, due to collector indifference. Mr. Warner labored two+ years on the writing and composition of this and the other volumes, something which neither of the two other reviewers below are either capable of or willing to do. It's easy to carp, it's hard to give birth to something as monumental as Mr. Warner's series of books. In doing the book with Schiffer, he surrendered total editorial control over the content and composition of the book, including the rendition of the photographs he personally composed and took or obtained from NARA. As for the carping about the UDT teams' factual history, it should be noted that the material dealing with them was a VERBATIM "after action report" from the National Archives, without comment by Mr. Warner or intent for it to be a definitive account. Perhaps Mr. O'Dell should take his obviosuly superior PhD knowledge of the subject and produce himself a work worthy of those already recently done on Draper Kauffman and the UDT teams. Until then, he should keep his pontificating caveling to himself!
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In the genre with SPEARHEADING D-DAY, Jeff Warner's handsome pictorial coverage fills a neglected niche. With a steady focus on the material culture of the wartime forces, he has compiled an informative exhibit.

Regrettably, with respect to combat demolition, this broad sweep through the history suffers from notable factual inaccuracies. Neither the Underwater Demolition Teams, established in Hawaii in late 1943, nor the Naval Combat Demolition Units, founded mid-year, were the brainchild of Draper Kauffman, although he had a significant impact on the two programs. The "flying mattress," which he put to use with near disastrous consequences in the Marianas, was a motorized, one-man raft, with no application whatsoever to swimmer cast and recovery. Eyewitness testimony belies any notion that the Japanese plane that strafed and bombed the USS BLESSMAN (APD 48) struck the side of the ship. The damage reports are detailed and clear on the path of the bomb that demolished the starboard mess hall. For my MA thesis on UDT 15 and the BLESSMAN, I interviewed dozens of veterans, including ship's company. If an aircraft the size of a "Betty" smacked into them, they would know.

The UDTs were never a sub-unit of the NCDUs. Most frustrating of all, the author references no written sources indicating the basis for such flawed reporting. Having researched the subject for over twenty years,

I was very disappointed with that aspect of Warner's effort.

The re-enactors I know pride themselves on developing a useful library. A military historian and an actor, I have worked with them on location. We agree that history is where you find it, and we research thoroughly.

There is, in fact, so much misinformation about the history of the Teams, in print media and on the Net. That the author adds to it detracts from an otherwise engaging graphic display.
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Was surprised by poor quality of the photographs showing fully uniformed men. On the other hand - pictures showing uniforms and equipment details are nice and sharp
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