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    Question Blue face paint?

    I was watching a program about the US Marines on the Military Channel the other day and something caught my eye. They showed clips from some amphibious landing in the Pacific, maybe Iwo Jima, and several of the Marines had what looked like blue paint on their faces. Was this just because the film wasn't originally in color or what? Are my 32 year old eyes decieving me? I noticed it on a couple of guys in a landing craft and on one guy hunkered down on the beach. Was this camo paint or bug repellant? Any info would be great.

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    Might have been anti-flash cream. Thought that was white though. Most likely due to the B&W film.
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    It is flash cream. ie. protection from an exploding shells thermal flash.

    I have seen pictures, most of the cream was an off white but I have seen
    a few of where it seemed to have a white/blue tint.

    I think it was made of zinc oxide.

    It was the 1st generation of SPF sunscreen I guess.

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    did they have blue face paint in 1898 at Manilla Bay?

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    Default Blue paint

    If this was originally black and white, the digital coloration may have produced the blue tint. You see it on teeth ocasionaly.

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    The white faces would appear blue due to being lit by the blue side of the sky (shadow on face from helmet). I found this link regarding anti flash cream used at Iwo Jima.
    http://www.ww2gyrene.org/spotlight10_3.htm

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    It is an old scottish trick the blue face colour!

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    "...old Scottish trick..." Celtic. They went into battle mostly nekkid and covered with woad. Woad is nothing like Gibson's eye shadow make-up. Dark blue.
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    As for Gibson's Brave heart, the original didn't look anything like that. He wore chain mail and a helmet just like the other upper classes at that time.

    But it really didn't matter, cause the Scots loved the movie anyway.

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