US Marine Corps Recon and Special Operations Uniforms & Equipment 2000–15

US Marine Corps Recon and Special Operations Uniforms & Equipment 2000–15

Elite 208
  • Author: J. Kenneth Eward
  • Illustrator: J. Kenneth Eward
  • Short code: ELI 208
  • Publication Date: 20 Jan 2016
  • Number of Pages: 64
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In the age of modern warfare the changing landscape of the 21st century battlefield has demanded a transformation within the US Marine Corps Special Operations. Adapting to a huge range of combat environments, an enormous array of specialist uniforms, protective armour and battlefield electronic devices have been developed to facilitate missions in the most extreme conditions. A special forces operator may now have available to him a dozen distinct types of body armour and two dozen different weapons; never before in American military history has so much been given to so few. Authored by J. Kenneth Eward, professor at the American Military University, and illustrated throughout with photographs and meticulous colour plates, this volume offers the first detailed, authoritative study of the characteristics, and performance in the field, of the most modern combat gear and weapons provided for USMC specialist operators to date.

Biographical Note

Kenneth Eward is a published science & technology illustrator who teaches at the American Military University. His past military history projects have included ELI 190: US Marine Infantry Combat Uniforms and Equipment 2000-2012 for Osprey, and assignments for National Geographic and TIME.


Specialist combat clothing: camouflage, temperate, desert, cold weather; insignia
Combat equipment ensembles: improvised; CQBE; MLLCE; Ranger ACK; FSBE; FSBE II; Recon ILBE
Special-purpose kits: combat swimmer
diver; parachutist; helicopter infiltration
exfiltration; assault climber; medical & survival
Battlefield optics & electronics: observation & illumination; communications; navigation
Small arms: knives, pistols, rifles, carbines, support weapons; sights, illuminators, suppressors, grips, stocks, magazines, slings; hand grenades and grenade launchers
Conclusions & future developments

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