First Printing March 2017
Corrections to First Printing - More will be Added as
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(Minor typos and layout issues have also been addressed in the Second Edition, along with many added photographs and period subject-related cartoons.)
(Apologies are extended for these errors. Only 150 copies were printed.)
Opp Page i: An excellent official view of the field equipment carried by a typical British “Tommy” of World War I. While the rifle is the P1907, this picture reinforces that the proper way to sheathe the bayonet in the scabbard is with the ring to the rear. Photograph courtesy of Alain Alcardi. Gerald Bennett correctly amends the text to say the equipment, while largely identical to the World War I kit, is actually post-World war I (P1937 narrow utility belt with keepers on either side of the clasp.)
Page 49, Chapter 3, Figure 3-7: Addition to text: Note: This is one of the few pictures of the U.S. embossed holster in which the rawhide thongs are tied to the soldier's leg.
Page 67, Chapter 4, Figure 4-16: “A Marine ‘war dog’ handler reads a message he has just received from his canine runner. War dogs were used extensively by the Marines throughout the Pacific, they were excellent at carrying messages as here, and also made superb lookouts, soon picking up the scent of any approaching Japanese infiltrators.” Jason Moran & Gordon L. Rottman, Peleliu 1944, Osprey Publishing , 2002, page 62. --- Note the face of the dog just to the right of the Marine’s helmet.
Page 112, Chapter 6, Figure 6-10: The shoulder patch has been positively identified as the Polar Bear Unit.
Page 142, Chapter 9, Figure 9-8: The steel helmets have been identified by Frits Tan as “….M1934 KNIL (Dutch East Indies Army). The soldiers presenting their Enfield M1917 rifles and bayonets were members of a Dutch batallion in the KNIL camp Columbia near Brisbane, Australia during 1942-1944.” (Frits Tan, email message to author, May 28, 2017). Photograph courtesy of the Paul Scarlata Collection.
Page 204, Chapter 14: Additional Trials Bayonet trial number (#896), made in March 1913, has surfaced.
Page 212, Chapter 14, Figure 14-19: Serial number 969678 inspector number was on the Reverse Ricasso, not Obverse.
Page 259, Chapter 15, Figure 15-21: Photograph is distorted (longer than actual).
Page 299, Chapter 16, Figures 16-4 and 16-5: Remington and Winchester positions in the title are reversed.
Page 335, Chapter 16: Note: Post first printing of this book, the author became aware of the important World
War II role of Australian soldiers in the battles against the Nazis in North Africa. Substantial quantities of material were captured by each opponent as the tides of war swung across the territory. It is possible that this bayonet was of initial Australian issue, captured by the Germans and stamped with the waffenamp as a property mark, and subsequently recaptured by the Australians where this specific item surfaced.
Lastly, Selected Bibliography and Notes and Sources have also been corrected as needed.