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Very interesting to see the uniforms and equipment side-by-side.
Also interesting to see the height disparity between nations – is there anyone who can speak to that? I know that part of it is just genetic predisposition, but I’m wondering how big of a role agricultural techniques and food surpluses (or lack there of) played in that as well.
Now before anyone says anything, India was a British colony at the time. So yes, even though there’s 9 different ethnicities it’s still only 8 countries.
Seems the Australian dude knows something the others don’t…
What device is the Japanese man wearing around his shoulder? I’ve seen it on light infantry troops but never figured out what it is
Another view of the same folks in different pose:
Can anyone tell me about how tall each soldier is? Honestly just curious how big these soldiers were during this time in military history.
Fantastic old-school movie on the subject: [55 Days in Peking](https://youtu.be/WXkY_YaVIE0)
If you look at their heights, it’s kind of interesting to think about the average height of soldiers from different nations.
I wonder if having the Americans in between Britain and the commonwealth was an attempt for a British power play
ironically, a similar alliance against China formed some 50 years later during the Korean War, except this time the result was quite the opposite
Why are they in decreasing order of their heights?
Are they in hight order?
Every other time I’ve seen this image, the third from the left was listed as Russian – which given the uniform disparity and full beard makes way more sense to me.
>To size the flight, the flight commander faces the flight to the right (from line to column formation) and **has taller personnel (except the guide, element leaders, and flight sergeant) move to the front of the flight according to height.** The flight commander then faces the flight to the right (from column to inverted line formation) and **again has taller personnel (except the flight sergeant) move to the front of the flight according to height.** The flight commander faces the flight back to the left (column formation) and continues this procedure until all members are properly sized.
Sizing by height is a common procedure for many branches of the armed forces to the present day. This formation probably did the same thing.
Are there any studies regarding the advantages/disadvantages of physical size in modern combat?
What kind of rifle would the Australian soldier be using? He definitely packed enough ammunition