Newsmap. Monday, September 28, 1942 : week of September 18 to September 25 Side: 2 of 2
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Somewhere in the Caribbean area. Objective is pointed out.
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C N Guadalcanal Island in
I the Solomons, a fighter
pilot of the United States
*p '~ ~ Marine Corps recently parachuted
to earth from his
crashing plane. He dropped
right into the heart of a Jap....
.. anese position in the South
Sea jungle, miles from the
nearest American outpost.
For five days he lived on a
Marine scout plane taxis to hangar diet of snails, ants and cococoncealed
in jungle. ., ri .
concealed in jungle nuts while trying to find his
way through the Japanese lines. He could hardly have done
better on packing-house beef-steaks. Before his journey was
over and he reported back to Henderson Field (Guadalcanal),
he had beheld, in his own words, "many gorgeous butterflies
which I appreciated" and quite a few Japs which he relished
He bashed in one Jap sentry's head with a boulder, overcame
a two-man patrol with the butt of his pistol, outwitted one patrol
of a dozen men, and hid out from two other parties.
The point is that he survived to supply American forces in the
tropics with an object lesson on how to make the jungle fight
on one's own side of the war.
Ever since the invasion of Malaya, it has been repeated that
Japanese troops travel light, that they are much less dependent on
food supplies from the rear / j \
than white men, and they can
exist where white men would
starve. They can now tell
that to a U. S. Marine who
prospered on ants, snails and '"J
a few coconuts, and who
took advantage of the abun
dant natural cover of the
jungle which enabled him to
out-wit an army.
For all of its natural dis
advantages which multiply Jeep coming over transport side for
the difficulties of supply, the landing ashore.
maintenance of equipment and the organization of communications,
the jungle is the best friend to ground forces in their
battle with the air.
The thick bush provides almost perfect concealment from
bombers even when they cruise at tree-top height. Similarly
one other major military problem is simplified. In the protection
of all installations, the working principle is to make the
maximum use of the plentiful natural cover and let Nature
do the major share of the work of camouflage. Nothing is
barren except the coral and shell beaches, and as these
inevitable stepping stone to a position somewhere in the
it is at and near the waterline that troops and supply
most vulnerable to air attack.
But even where there are no enemy aircraft, and where our
forces are only engaged in training, or in defensive duty in jungle
country, as in Panama or at the Caribbean bases, the jungle
gives battle on its own account. The rainfall is up to a depth
of 10 feet in one year. The average top of the bush is 150 feet
above the ground. Some of the palms arch to a cord of 50 feet
and burn green like fireworks.
Derrick on a barge lifts a h(
truck on land.
The bamboos run to eight
inches in thickness. He who
would drink in safety while
lost in the jungle taps this
.^Sf.^ great stem and takes its distilled.
drink through a twig
i'^ ~pipe made of bamboo.
When incendiaries or other
fires light the jungle the
cannonade of these bamboos
is like the roar of 75 millieavy
duty meter guns as joint after
joint explodes from the
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steam of the inner water and the outer heat.
The giant trees are mahogany, ceiba, Santa Maria, breadnut,
cedar, and many more, each with parasites in plenty. From tree
top to tree top trail great bejuco ropes in caliber from size
.30 to that of a giant howitzer. On the floor of the jungle, the
growth of smaller plants is so matted that if one were to drop
a grenade from 50 feet up, the chances would be twenty to one
that it wouldn't reach the ground.
Cutting a road through this mass is a monumental task.
Maintaining it requires unceasing attention. Left unattended,
a military roadway might be swallowed up in the course of
one season. The corrosion of military equipment for the same
reason gallops at a rapid
rate. Field glass lenses soon
develop a fungus. Compasses
begin to play tricks.
There is not one major
jungle on the surface of the
earth where United Nations
fighting forces have not operated
already in the course
of this year. They have had
a taste of it on four continents,
and more of it is in
nent, an mreofitisi. Hacking through Caribbean jungle
the making. with "bush knife."
tropical growth cover gun battery.
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Platoon of jungle fighters descending mountain side.
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slide silently into the river from the mountain.
Scouting party in Dutch Guiana wears protective mosquito nets.
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Bridge in Burma repaired with whatever is at hand.
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[United States.] Army Orientation Course. Newsmap. Monday, September 28, 1942 : week of September 18 to September 25, poster, September 28, 1942; [Washington, D.C.]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1009/m1/2/: accessed October 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.