“On one weekend each month, Marine reservists gather in Tampa to take on a staged military mission. They are part of the 4th Amphibian Assault Battalion of the 4th Marine Division. The Tampa unit draws its people from the southeastern United States, although most of its crew comes from the bay area. The vehicles reservists use are called LTVP-7A1 Assault Amphibian Vehicles. They are lightly armed and protected so they can carry Marine forces from ship to shore. The vehicles have a crew of three, and while they can carry up to 25, the preferred combat load is 18.
SHOWN: Lance Cpl. J.R. Bartolus in camouflage. MAR 9 ’88”
“ITALIAN MAQUIS WOMAN FASCIST FIGHTER FROM AWAY BACK
Italy…. Although the outside world has heard little about them, there were anti-fascist guerillas fighting for freedom in Italy as far back as 1927, while Mussolini was being praised throughout the world for making Italian trains run on time. They fought Italian fascist and German Nazis alike and are still doing it. This woman school teacher is one of them. She fights side by side with her husband in the “White Patrol” among the snow-clad peaks of the French-Italian border. Monday, January 15, 1945”
“DETROIT, DEC. 28 — GUN THAT SHOOTS AROUND CORNERS — Sgt. Donald D. Hector, of Muskegon, Mich., demonstrates how a newly developed barrel makes it possible to shoot around corners with a standard sub machine gun. The barrel, which fits on the Army’s standard M-3 “grease gun”, was developed at the Detroit Arsenal for use by tank crews and infantrymen. It fires a standard 45 caliber bullet at the rate of 450 rounds a minute. 12-28-1951”
“AND ONE MAN, WERMUTH, WAS AN ENTIRE ARMY BY HIMSELF – Capt. Arthur William Wermuth (shown with aide), one of the Battling ———‘s of Bataan, “absolutely accounted for” at least 116 Japanese with a 45-caliber sub-machine gun. After the Japs overran Corregidor, his wife was informed he was considered missing in action. Yesterday his wife received a telegram from Maj. Gen. James A. Ulio, adjutant general of the army, which said: “Information received indicated your husband is now a prisoner of war of the Japanese government in the Philippines.” – U.S. Army Signal Corps Photo. Dec 9 1942”
“Nov. 30 — HIGH CALIBER TRAINING — Israeli Women’s Army drill instructor Cpl. Dina Gona, with submachine gun slung over her shoulder, gives a 15-year-old Israeli high school student instructions on how to be a soldier in the Negev Desert, Israel. A platoon of the girls are undergoing training at an army camp in Midbar Zin. Nov 30 1973”