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USMC on Iwo Jima 'face painting...?

December 27 2013 at 3:55 PM
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I just watched a documentary about the combat cameramen in Iwo Jima, and in some of the colour film of the USMC assaults, some of the infantrymen seemed to have their faces painted a light colour - maybe white.

Did this happen or was I seeing things?

Graeme

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Zinc oxide sunburn cream?

December 27 2013, 4:08 PM 

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Anderson, Merrill
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It was an issue item

December 27 2013, 8:18 PM 

It was flash cream, it was supposed to protect the skin from gun/explosion flash. Mostly rookies used it, you won't see it in pictures much past the beach.

 
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Jeff Flint
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Flash cream on Iwo

December 27 2013, 9:30 PM 

Intel said that the Japanese might have buried barrels of gasoline on the beach so the cream was given out to protect their faces, etc.

It wasn't a "rookie" thing, but mainly a "first wave" thing. After that, no one used it. And it seems like Iwo Jima was the only time it was used by landing forces.

 
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Intimidation

December 30 2013, 11:02 AM 


This is very interesting! Long ago I had seen a reference to the white 'face painting' and the author claimed it was an attempt by the Marines to intimidate the enemy....it was supposed to make the troops look like they were skulls or ghouls.

 
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