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Osprey Elite 190 – US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000–12


During a recent visit to my local Barnes & Noble I picked up a copy of “US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000–12” from Osprey Publishing. Authored and illustrated by J Kenneth Eward it is very comprehensive. I really enjoy Eward’s style of illustrating which reminds me more of a photograph than a painting.

Eward has done an excellent job of cataloging the full gamut of Marine combat clothing and equipment. It’s all there, camouflage, utilities, armor and load carriage. Although, the Marine Pack System is still referred to as FILBERT, this slight oversight doesn’t detract at all from the book as the best reference guide yet to modern Marine equipment.

I was a bit surprised that they had titled the article through 12 considering the year wasn’t even over yet but the only thing I felt was missing was the woodland variant of the Combat Desert Jacket. The author did such a good job he even captured the Blackhawk Serpa holster adopted last year by the Marines as well as recent small arms developments such as the M27 IAR.

This is a must have for any one requiring a single source reference guide to modern Marine combat clothing and equipment.–12


2 Responses to “Osprey Elite 190 – US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000–12”

  1. Wow, I need to get a copy of this. Is there any similar book covering the Army?