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By C. A. Monroe

From the start of the 20th century, usa army person load-carrying equipments have been fabricated almost always of cotton duck and cotton webbing. through the First and moment global Wars, in addition to the Korean warfare, cotton-based load-carrying equipments served the infantryman with little switch of their layout and building. In 1954 a brand new load-carrying approach used to be built to satisfy the wishes of the infantryman at the perceived battlefields of the chilly battle. on the onset of the Vietnam conflict it used to be transparent that this new cotton-based webbing method was once now not applicable to be used within the humid atmosphere of the jungles of Southeast Asia. the reply to the issues plaguing cotton load-carrying equipments got here within the kind of nylon. Nylon apparatus used to be chanced on to be tougher, lighter and dried swifter than the standardized cotton apparatus. because the Vietnam struggle flooring down nylon internet apparatus used to be proving to be the reply to different load-carrying difficulties that had arisen through the process the conflict. In 1973 an all-nylon load-carrying apparatus process used to be standardized exchanging all cotton-based load-carrying equipments in carrier on the time. due to the fact 1973 all load-carrying equipments were fabricated using nylon and, in impact, closed the heritage publication on cotton-based equipments. during this ebook, C A Monroe and Craig Pickrall describe and illustrate the private gear of the united states military soldier during the interval, and exhibit the way it has built to fulfill altering operational wishes.

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The symbolism of England and its monarchy sufficed for much of colonial history, and did not need to be transformed too massively to accommodate the needs of a new nation, with the elevation of a hero president to near-kingly status. This was equally true in religious matters, where an established church was succeeded by a number of independent but none the less militantly Protestant denominations. The coming of new ethnic and religious groups complicated this matter. As a consequence the United States has tended to emphasize notions of overarching patriotism and national destiny that appear excessive to European eyes, most strikingly devotion to the flag as a Page xviii much displayed national symbol.

In exchange, even the best-intentioned left a disastrous legacy in the form of European diseases that decimated native populations long before there was any systematic policy of ‘Indian removal’. This process was accelerated by famine resulting from the destruction of familiar environments and (from the eighteenth century) the spread of liquor. The effects of disease, war and environmental collapse were harrowing. In California the Indian population was probably around 300 000 in 1750, but less than 50 000 by the 1860s.

These people left their mark on the landscape in the form of tombs with elaborate grave goods, and public ritual structures that would have been quite familiar to the ancient Europeans who built Stonehenge and megalithic monuments. The most impressive are the extensive mound sites, which can be seen as humbler versions of the pyramid temples of Central America, and some great earthwork complexes and geometric enclosures. The Moundsville Complex of West Virginia and the Serpent Mound of Ohio are among the finest surviving remnants of this cultural flowering.

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