This is Part-1 of this video; the second part covers the gear from Vietnam to Mogadishu.
CSM(Ret) Rick Lamb has been collecting military uniforms and equipment his whole life. As a historian, he appreciates that history not only repeats its self; but you can see patterns of innovation. As he puts it: We always take a “Face Shot” at the start of a new conflict, because we are fighting with gear from our last war. Peacetime militaries often go back to being “spit-n-polish”, with pretty soldiers better trained & equipped for parades than combat. After the initial “face shot,” we see great innovation; necessity truly is the mother of invention.
In this video, CSM Lamb will take us through each generation of military kit, weapons, and uniforms; starting with 1916. Each table will discuss not just the changes but, more importantly, WHY the changes were made. Some are good, some are not. However, it is awesome to see the thought processes behind these decisions. There truly are great innovations when combat requires them. My favorite example of this: In a single generation, we went from Bi-planes to Jet Planes, in WWII.
What about the weapons? Yep, I love these ole rifles as much as you do. So, Rick and I are going to get together, with a couple hundred pounds of live ammo; and we are going to film many more videos with these guns. Stay tuned.
I hope you enjoy the video, and a special thanks to CSM Rick Lamb for sharing his collection and vast knowledge for us here, free, on the internet. Strength & Honor, TR.
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