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Genghis Khan was once said to have issued all his horsemen with silk vests, as an arrow hitting silk does not break it but ends up embedded in the flesh wrapped in silk, allowing the arrow to be removed by gently teasing the silk open, as opposed to the usual method of removing barbed arrows, cutting them out or pushing them right through an injured limb and out of the other side.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2011-04-21 16:16||
#9 It is expected to prevent fine sands and particles that are thrown up by explosives, so that the tissue wounds are cleaner, less ragged and easier to treat... since the silk is treated with antimicrobial agents, the boxers help protect injured troops from wound infections.
Considering that Marines tend to ignore the "little hurts" and that they're out in the field for weeks, it'll probably cut down on a lot of incapacitation due to infection.
Not to mention making my FMF corpsmens' work a bit easier.
Posted by Pappy 2011-04-21 21:27||
#10 Makes sense.
My grandfather talked of how the Japanese used silk in WWII to hang down at the entrance of caves to protect the men. The Americans would shoot at the mortar and machine gunners and the silk would catch the M1 bullet, tumble it down the silk and have it drop harmlessly on the cave floor. They could see the silk sheet flip with each bullet.
The Americans had to use HE shells to clear the caves out.
Posted by DarthVader 2011-04-21 23:05||