Brother in law was out there after the 1st Gulf war clearing up the mines etc, they were told anything with a round in the breach was to be disarmed ie bloen up as too dodgy, he broughtr back a video of a T 55 IIRC full of shells of all calibres including a few rusty and V dodgy looking small arms, they videoed the explosio which lifted the turret off like a big saucepan...one guy was videoed jumping up and down on a bar? mine used for disabling tanks and other Heavy vehicles...he said there wa stuff all over the place reckons they found a 'cave' full of Soviet anti aircraft guns DSk's or similar I think still in greaed wrappings!
I believe they could get dstuff deactivated and then bring it home, I know he had several items including a Soviet anti tank grenade with a parachute built in and a AK47 derrivative but long barrelled with bipod! god knows what happened to it?
He also had pictures taken of the Basra road where they caught the Republican Guard inside the 'school buses' the roofs of which were like colanders from the anti infantry munitions dropped onto them...scary stuff!
I'll see if he has any left, three marriages and several(too many) close encounters and near misses means he doesn't really like to talk/think about the good/old bad old days...he was one of the youngest guys in the Falklands and still carries mental scars probably why he doesn't settle too well, but I'll ask him next time I see him...he had a captured Argentine(US?) helmet for a while, pretty sure he still has his SF dagger and green beret.
Last edited by stefano34; 07-29-2011 at 04:16 PM.
How I'd love to spend a few hours there wandering around and taking pictures too !! DROOOOOOL
Where in Afghanistan was that at? I spent a year in Bagram and never saw anything like that.
It was in Kandahar province.
The detritus of war.
Cheers for posting.
I saw a bunch of WW1 M16 and M18 German helmets at the bazar in Bagram, they were all rust buckets and the Afghans wanted way more then what they are worth.