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USMC uniform book/reference?
« on: May 26, 2021, 08:33:03 PM »
Does any one have good reference book for USMC uniforms pre 1920?  I have "Equipping the Corps" by Tulkoff and it is a great book for a number of things but nothing on uniforms.  He had talked about a Vol. 2 to cover uniforms but it seems that never got done.  I also have his book "Grunt Gear" and "782" by Harlan Glenn but of course those don't have anything pre ww2 never mind pre WW1.

Any one have a suggestion for a quality book on the subject?  I'm really looking for info on early Khaki or Forrest green uniforms.

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Re: USMC uniform book/reference?
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2021, 08:56:03 AM »
I have a Cavalry buddy who is a retired Gunny and a former (maybe current) historical consultant on certain Corps aspects.  I will pass your question on to him and see if he has any references.

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Re: USMC uniform book/reference?
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2021, 04:00:42 PM »
I have a Cavalry buddy who is a retired Gunny and a former (maybe current) historical consultant on certain Corps aspects.  I will pass your question on to him and see if he has any references.

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Thanks!  I've been looking online and it can be hard to pin down that time frame.
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Re: USMC uniform book/reference?
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2021, 04:02:20 PM »
You may want to check these out:

https://ospreypublishing.com/latin-american-wars-1900-1941

https://ospreypublishing.com/us-marine-in-world-war-i

https://ospreypublishing.com/us-armed-forces-in-china-1856-1941-36021

https://ospreypublishing.com/us-marine-corps-in-world-war-i-1917-18

Duh!  I never thought about Osprey.  I have so many of them already but it never occurred to me to check them.  I do have the last one but not the rest.  Off to ebay for some books.
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Re: USMC uniform book/reference?
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Re: USMC uniform book/reference?
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2021, 08:10:20 AM »
Sent you a PM with contact information.

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Re: USMC uniform book/reference?
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2021, 10:04:49 PM »
Sent you a PM with contact information.

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Sent you a message....unless I screwed it up somehow. :o
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Re: USMC uniform book/reference?
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2021, 07:31:51 AM »
You did.  It worked!!!  :)

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Re: USMC uniform book/reference?
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2021, 07:32:45 AM »
Not a tremendous amount of published material out there, as I've been looking into the uniforms worn during the Spanish-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, and at Veracruz.  Some related works have some useful photographs.  Here are some I've used:

Uniforms of the Sea Services by Col. Robert H Rankin (long out of print)

Uniforms of the Marines by Col. Robert H Rankin (long out of print)

The Landing at Veracruz 1914 by Jack Sweetman (long out of print)

the US Marine Corps (Greenhill Books/Stackpole Books; GI, the Illustrated History of the American Soldier and his Uniform and Equipment series #9) by Col Charles Cureton

Equipping the Corps, 1892-1937: Vol 1, Webgear, Weapons and Headgear, by Alex S Tulkoff.  As you noted, he doesn't have much on the uniforms, but there are some useful photographs.

The National Marine Corps Museum at Quantico has some uniforms from the Spanish-American War, and of course WWI, on display.  You might contact them and see if they have any recommendations. 

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