I have been a visitor here for a long time and I have decided to take a more participatory role by joining the forum, and several others, and sharing photos and some of my experiences as a lifelong collector of militaria and guns.
I started as a child in the '60s and my primary interest has always been the firearms and militaria of the enemies and ideological opponents of the United States, especially items that were captured and brought-back by our GIs.
I'll be stopping by many of the sub-forums, but I'd like to start by posting a few photos of a couple of Iraqi helmets that were brought-back from Desert Storm in '91.
Before Operation Desert Storm had even ended, I had put out the word to all my dealer contacts and fellow collectors that I was interested in purchasing any Iraqi militaria that came back with our soon to return soldiers. I made my first purchase in June of '91 and a few more that summer, and by later that fall I was well on the way to building a nice Gulf War collection. I was a very active buyer for the rest of the '90s and only stopped intensely collecting when we went back to Iraq in 2003.
The vast majority of my collection, literally 95% of it (consisting of hundreds of uniforms, helmets and huge piles of web gear), has been packed away in storage for more than 15 years. Many of the boxes have not been opened in more than 20 years and I recently decided that it was time to reacquaint myself with my old collection. I plan to take photos as I go and I'll be glad to share them here if the membership would be interesting in seeing them.
And I have plenty of stories, the trials and tribulations of collecting Iraqi and Desert Storm militaria from the very beginning, if you are interested in reading how it used to be in the "old days." *
Most everything is still wrapped and boxed, but here's a photo of Iraqi "Eagle" pistol belts that aren't buried: