Goodbye Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. "Not only was he the first Japanese soldier I had ever shot at; he was the only one I had seen at close quarters. He was a robin-fat, moon-faced, roly-poly little man with his thick, stubby, trunk like legs sheathed in faded khaki puttees and the rest of him squeezed into a uniform that was much too tight. Unlike me, he was wearing a tin hat, dressed to kill. But I was quite safe from him. His Arisaka rifle was strapped on in a sniper's harness, and though he had heard me, and was trying to turn toward me, the harness sling had him trapped." I'm not sure what a "sniper's harness" is but I think he means the rifle sling. I'm no expert on WW II Japanese sniper equipment and my knowledge on equipment is limited to what Peter Senich wrote. Unfortunately, Senich crossed the Styx years ago so I can't correspond with him like I used to. Thought's on Manchester's statement?