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Photos thread
Posted on: 11/7/2017 9:21:16 AM

Saudi guard at border with Yemen, 2010s.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/8/2017 5:55:45 AM

German troops "get the lead out" in recent training.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/9/2017 1:48:09 AM

U.S. troops of 10th Combat Aviation Brigade in Illesheim, Germany, on November 7, 2017.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/12/2017 2:31:33 AM

Troops of the 278th Tennessee Cavalry receive instruction on the M2HB machine gun.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/12/2017 2:36:14 AM

Iranian Army (? - or Revolutionary Guards, unsure) troops.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/13/2017 9:40:09 AM

Australian troops. Anyone have information as to which unit and location of the photograph?

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/13/2017 9:21:56 PM
Great thread Bill!
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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/14/2017 2:04:57 AM

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, in blue jacket, inspects Mirage 2000-5 jets in southern Taiwan.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/15/2017 8:04:31 AM

U.S. Paladin self-propelled howitzers of C Battery, 1/82 Field Artillery, maneuver at Hohenfels, Germany.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/15/2017 8:23:50 AM

Zimbabwean troops in Harare this week.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/15/2017 11:28:29 PM

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Iranian Army (? - or Revolutionary Guards, unsure) troops.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/16/2017 1:48:08 AM
Wearing US desert cammies, circa 1980-2003?

dt509er,

 I wondered about that as well. I suppose China probably makes those now and anyone can buy the originals or a reasonable knock-off thereof. The thing about these guys that struck me was inspired by ZZ Top ... "what really knocked me out were [the] cheap sunglasses"! I wonder if those are some kind of "dress uniform" issue; the metal rims look like they could reflect sunlight in such a way as to be seen from long off. I guess they haven't heard of U.S. military-issue "birth control" eyeglasses yet

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/16/2017 2:29:47 AM

Zimbabwean soldiers outside Harare. The infantry fighting vehicle may be broken down and being readied to be towed by the armored recovery vehicle behind it.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/17/2017 4:03:21 AM

Russo-Norwegian frontier near Kirkenes.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/17/2017 10:27:04 AM
Hey B,

ZZ Top, Military Fatigues, Is this what you meant?

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Ya gotta love ZZ!
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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/17/2017 11:56:18 AM

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Hey B,

ZZ Top, Military Fatigues, Is this what you meant?

[Read More]

Ya gotta love ZZ!
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Dave,

 Whoever put that video together really had a thing for Chinese military women ...

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/18/2017 11:45:29 AM

An Estonian soldier mans a German M3 machine gun prior to an aircraft attack demonstration during the NATO 'Spring Storm' military exercises on May 19, 2014 near Helme, Estonia.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/18/2017 11:54:25 AM

British soldiers on exercise in Estonia, 2014.
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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/18/2017 2:55:32 PM

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Russo-Norwegian frontier near Kirkenes.

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Ah, that brings back a lot of memories.
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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/20/2017 1:25:56 AM

M113 of the U.S. Army (1/4th Infantry) on maneuvers in Hohenfels, Germany, 2015. The sand color of the vehicle is ill-suited to the landscape of the European winter.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/20/2017 1:33:14 AM

M113 armored personnel carriers of the U.S. Army in 1985. Judging by the Autobahn signage, they are just west of Frankfurt am Main. Each vehicle is equipped with a large yellow lamp for visibility while moving among regular traffic. The first two vehicles appears to be M901 antitank guided missile launchers. Ahead of the missile launchers, another APC appears to be merging into the same traffic lane, illustrating the danger of moving slow, large armored vehicles on roads with much smaller and faster cars. The commanders in the last two APCs are wearing winter parkas, a welcome article of clothing when one is exposed to the wind on the exterior of a moving vehicle.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 11/27/2017 8:31:26 AM

NATO EFP troops in Poland on exercise "Saber Strike", June 2017. Soldier to the right is Polish.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/1/2017 12:43:12 PM

Retired Marine Master Sergeant William H. Cox fulfills a promise made to another Marine he served with 49 years ago in the Vietnam War. His fellow Marine, James Hollingsworth, learned earlier this year he was terminally ill. Still in contact with Cox, Hollingsworth asked him to deliver the eulogy at his funeral. Cox did so, noting "There’s a bond between Marines that’s different from any other branch of service. We’re like brothers."

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/6/2017 1:33:11 PM

The rugged countryside of Yemen.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/9/2017 2:12:19 AM
This is lovely. I'm a Norwegian!!!


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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/9/2017 3:45:42 AM
This is lovely. I'm a Norwegian!!!

Welcome!

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/9/2017 9:21:11 AM

Royal Norwegian Navy (ship is the KNM Fridtjof Nansen).

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/9/2017 2:44:24 PM

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This is lovely. I'm a Norwegian!!!

Welcome!

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Welcome indeed.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/11/2017 4:50:42 AM

(West) German Light Artillery Rocket System, during the Cold War. The sturdy-looking truck was a Magirus-Deutz.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/11/2017 9:14:16 PM
Bill, if I haven't said it yet, I'm loving this photo thread.

Not a military man, even as a draftee. Just a quiet Canuck. But the photos bring to life what I didn't have to recognize, and some of them – including the "Rocket Sytem" – are a delight! Those dudes appear to be the most obviously photoshopped folks I've ever seen. Don't belong there. Don't ant to appear in this picture. Feel like a jerk posing in front of what – sorry, but it's true – looks like a 2-dimensional back-drop.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/12/2017 1:12:41 AM
Brian,

 True, they were likely told to pose, and it shows!

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/12/2017 1:56:47 PM
Love the photos too Bill, keep'em coming!

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/14/2017 1:26:27 PM

French Parca Surface-to-Air Missile, a 1950s-era weapon. The nozzles give it a Buck Rogers look.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/14/2017 1:44:18 PM
Norwegian Leo 2A4 crossing the Rukla in Lithuania on a German M3 mobile bridge.


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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/14/2017 2:33:36 PM
Norwegian Leo 2A4 crossing the Rukla in Lithuania on a German M3 mobile bridge.

 Nice photo. Year?

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/14/2017 5:23:52 PM

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Norwegian Leo 2A4 crossing the Rukla in Lithuania on a German M3 mobile bridge.

 Nice photo. Year?

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Yesterday, so 2017.

Should also make sure I credit the Norwegian Army Press Service for the photo.
Here's another one showing the bridge.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/14/2017 7:37:27 PM
Kai, wonderful shots. And I guess kinda up to date as well!

Am I allowed three questions, at least two of them stupid?
• this is a relatively short span, yet at least one of the photos shows at least 10 troopers standing on one side of the structure, and a few others on the opposite side as well. Is this normal personnel displacement, or simply deployment during training procedures?
• at the foreground of the photo, there is a red wedge showing on the bridge structure. Is this a weight warning? Does it go beyond red?
• this is described as a "mobile" bridge. Do you have any shots of it in its undeployed form? Does the mobile structure include entrance and egress ramps, such as appear in the photo? Is anyone allowed to ask about load limits?

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/14/2017 8:16:54 PM

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Kai, wonderful shots. And I guess kinda up to date as well!

Am I allowed three questions, at least two of them stupid?
• this is a relatively short span, yet at least one of the photos shows at least 10 troopers standing on one side of the structure, and a few others on the opposite side as well. Is this normal personnel displacement, or simply deployment during training procedures?
• at the foreground of the photo, there is a red wedge showing on the bridge structure. Is this a weight warning? Does it go beyond red?
• this is described as a "mobile" bridge. Do you have any shots of it in its undeployed form? Does the mobile structure include entrance and egress ramps, such as appear in the photo? Is anyone allowed to ask about load limits?

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Hi Brian,

not stupid questions at all. Admittedly I am no expert on army engineering operations, but can try to give an answer from what little I know.

First of all a small correction, the river is not the Rukla, but rather the Neris (Vilija). There. Another interesting thing that I did not see immediately, is that it appears to be both German and British engineers involved in this operation. I wasn't aware that the British currently have engineering units in Lithuania.

1. The soldiers on the side are actually operating the engines (or actually pump jets) of the bridge. The M3 Amphibious Rig system is essentially a set of individual elements (vehicles) that are connected to form the bridge.

2.I would think that is the weight warning yes, and beyond red would probably be an issue.Not sure though.

3. Not sure about exact load capacity, but an 8 rig bridge (just over 120 metres) can easily carry a Leo 2A7 or Challanger 2, so 60-65 tons plus.



A few more shots







This particular one consisted of five M3 elements.














And there is also a video of the operation out now [Read More]

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/15/2017 2:30:19 AM
Yesterday, so 2017.

 Man, the weather there looks to be a LOT milder than Poland. We've been hovering around freezing with heavy frosts and light snow for weeks now. If I'm not mistaken, I can see a bush with blossoms by the roadside! The troops looked dressed for autumn, though.

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Re: Photos thread
Posted on: 12/15/2017 10:19:15 AM

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Yesterday, so 2017.

 Man, the weather there looks to be a LOT milder than Poland. We've been hovering around freezing with heavy frosts and light snow for weeks now. If I'm not mistaken, I can see a bush with blossoms by the roadside! The troops looked dressed for autumn, though.

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Having re-read the article I think you might be right Bill, the bridge operation was probably a month or so ago, whereas the interviews etc with the Norwegian troops involved were done a few days ago. It does look mild for being December.

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