He’ll move outside a bit later but, for now, here’s a well-traveled, veteran war correspondent.
He’s certainly been around, as evidenced by all of the stickers on his Remington typewriter carrying case.
There’s no doubt that Donald Moore, the BBI British Desert Air Wing pilot sculpt, is Clark Gable.
I was using Gable as a 4th ID 2nd LT for awhile but, with his rakish personality and devil-may-care looks, I think he fits better as a war correspondent.
…although his BBI pilot figure is closer to real life.
Although beyond draft age, Clark Gable enlisted as a Private in the Air Corps on Aug. 12, 1942 at Los Angeles. He attended Officers' Candidate School at Miami Beach and graduated as a Second Lieutenant. He then attended aerial gunnery school and in Feb. 1943, on personal orders from Gen. Arnold, went to England to make a motion picture of aerial gunners in action. He was assigned to the 351st Bomb Group at Polebrook and although neither ordered nor expected to do so, flew operational missions over Europe in B-17s to obtain the combat film footage he believed was required for producing the movie entitled "Combat America." Gable returned to the U.S. in Oct. 1943 and was relieved from active duty as a Major on Jun. 12, 1944 at his own request, since he was over age for combat.
War correspondents during WW II were a very unique lot. Depending on the country represented, they were propagandists, reporters, and occasionally pure fiction writers.
They varied from those who wrote their dispatches based on official press releases, and those who spent time in foxholes on the front lines “with the doggies”.
Axis or Allied, they were with a unit by permission, all of their work had to go through official censors, and they all (Axis and Allied) were trying to shape public opinion on the moral necessity of winning the war.
Ernie Pyle was probably one of the most famous WW II correspondents. His work, as exclaimed as it was, has very little “blood”. Fighting a war was a tough job, and there were plenty of hardships, but, by golly, we’ve got to do it for Mom, Pop, and apple pie. Pyle’s work was propaganda at its best.
In the PTO, the dispatches of Robert Sherrod at Tarawa brought the killing home. Combined with the images of dead Marines (the release of the pictures was authorized by FDR), America began to realize we were in a war where sons, brothers, and Fathers died, often horrific deaths.
The Tarawa pictures, BTW, greatly increased the sales of War Bonds, but also cut sharply into Marine Corps recruiting efforts.
My correspondent is wearing DML HBT’s, BBI boots, Battlegear web belt, Gearbox M-41 cap, Dragon camera and case from their recent Wehrmacht PK cameraman, DML dispatch case, a BBI cigarette, and Remington typewriter, jacket (with war correspondent patch) and “P” armband from the Hasbro Ernie Pyle figure.
The table and chair (actually a bit too small for 1/6th) were found on EBay (mistakenly listed as play scale). The wine bottle is from a magnetic display from Michael’s Craft Store, and the lantern is from the Sideshow Renfield figure.
I built the typewriter carrying case from the clear plastic insert in an action figure case.
I found all of the labels at a great web site…
The site contains “rare original posters and vintage graphics”, with a ton of them from WW II (US, UK, Canada, Germany, and France). Recruiting, war bonds, and propaganda.
My gosh, what a resource!
Speaking of cameras, the still and movie cameras with DML’s propaganda cameraman are very nice items, but I was disappointed in the leather still camera “case”. It’s probably too much to expect the case to be a working item. That would have also been too cool. The case is simply a block of something covered in plastic.
I’m about to conduct a little operation on one of the cases, to see if it can be modified enough to accept the camera.
Cover me, I’m goin’ in!