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ced381
08-11-2010, 04:12 PM
Hi everybody, I was just wondering if there was any Afghanistan in here.

I served there last year for some time. I would be very happy to go again. It was the perfect mix of excitement and fear.

Here's a few pictures!

In FOB Wilson (best place to be when serving in Afghanistan; unlike Kandahar no one pisses you off there)
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/0410.jpg

Waiting for the chopper in FOB Wilson; party was over... :(
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/0112.jpg

Sitting on top of an M113 in Kandahar :army:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/0211.jpg

Improvised football game! :D
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/0310.jpg

flamethrowerguy
08-11-2010, 04:33 PM
First of all - I've never been there (and I thank God for it), the Bundeswehr lost a several blokes there lately.
I just want to express that it is appreciated that you're showing these photos here.

ced381
08-11-2010, 05:13 PM
I carefully choose the pictures I show on the net. ;)

EDIT: I have a lot more but I can't find the usb stick they are on... :S

tankgeezer
08-11-2010, 07:35 PM
Post them when you can, we are patient.

Procyon
08-16-2010, 03:38 PM
What are the temperatures there? And thanks for the pictures.

ced381
08-16-2010, 05:48 PM
I was there last fall so it was around 10C in the morning, around 30C at noon and around 20C at dawn. It was pretty good actually. I heard that a few weeks before I arrived it was often around 50C at noon.

I can't find my other pictures!!!! :S

ced381
08-19-2010, 02:42 PM
I got them!

Monument in KAF:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf10.jpg

KAF Shit-pond:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_310.jpg

Me and an HSVS:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_1210.jpg

KAF random shot:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_2510.jpg

KAF Boardwalk:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_3910.jpg

US convoy:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_4010.jpg

Jingle truck:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_4410.jpg

Chinook:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_4810.jpg

Side-gunner:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_4910.jpg

Taliban remains (no kidding):
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_5610.jpg

LAVIII:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_6310.jpg

The General:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_7310.jpg

M113:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_7510.jpg

Come here Mr. Taliban!
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_8510.jpg

Vehicles:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_9110.jpg

LAVIII:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_9410.jpg

Chinook:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_9510.jpg

QRF's LAVIII:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_1010.jpg

QRF's LAVIII:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_1011.jpg

Ragheads holding hands:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_1110.jpg

Me:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_1510.jpg

Me in an M113 sending a message to Al-Kaida:
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_1610.jpg

That's about it! I can't show more really...

pdf27
08-19-2010, 03:39 PM
Ragheads holding hands
Man-love Thursday?

Gen. Sandworm
08-19-2010, 03:48 PM
Wow!!! Alot of great pics there. Thanks. Please tell us what you can about how things are going!

Adding: Can you tell us a bit about THE GENERAL??

ced381
08-19-2010, 11:55 PM
Man-love Thursday?

Please don't mention that! :shock:



Wow!!! Alot of great pics there. Thanks. Please tell us what you can about how things are going!

Adding: Can you tell us a bit about THE GENERAL??

I'll talk about it tomorrow.

All I can say about The General is that we had a Sheriff too @ Wilson but he got transfered to PBSG while I was there for some reason.

jungleguerilla
08-20-2010, 04:45 AM
Really nice pictures! I'm really shocked and amazed and something I don't have to be piss about. From the looks of things I think it's not that hot in there. Have you ever been on a firefight there? That would be cool. Oh no, I think my immaturity are showing again... but talk about more.... ;)

Rising Sun*
08-20-2010, 07:53 AM
Have you ever been on a firefight there? That would be cool. Oh no, I think my immaturity are showing again

Yes, it is.

ced381 can decide whether or not he wants to respond to your question, but for future reference don't ask such questions of veterans of any war in a public forum and especially not on this one, nor privately if you have any sense or sensitivity and, in some extreme cases, don't want a kick in your balls for an answer.

The fact that I had to say that shows that it would be pointless to try to explain to you why you shouldn't do it. Just accept the advice; follow it; and wait until you have acquired enough understanding of life to know why you shouldn't do it. And then you won't.

But, for the time being, just try to grasp this: being shot at, shelled, or bombed; being wounded or killed; having your mates wounded or killed; shooting at other people; and wounding or killing them is not 'cool'.

Don't make the mistake of reducing any experience of war to an idiotic term like 'cool', because it is anything but 'cool'.

flamethrowerguy
08-20-2010, 06:23 PM
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_8510.jpg

Very nice pic of the Ma Deuce. One in five's a tracer if I got it right?

flamethrowerguy
08-20-2010, 06:24 PM
...and btw, whatever an HSVS is, it's huge!;)

ced381
08-20-2010, 10:09 PM
Have you ever been on a firefight there? That would be cool. Oh no, I think my immaturity are showing again... but talk about more.... ;)

Many people asked me those two questions: "Have you ever been in a firefight?" & "Did you kill anyone?"

I simply answer "no". You can believe me or not, in the end the truth is my own business.

I'm not mad or anything, just be careful because some vets are a bit more sensible on the matter. Never forget that war isn't like Call of Duty Modern Warfare; you won't respawn on the next round if you get killed. ;)


Btw it's AHSVS, I forgot the A... It's basically a Mercedes-Benz Actros with a LOT of armour attached to it. I can't say much about them but I can say that the doors weight roughly 800 pounds and must be opened with an hydrolic cylinder. Also it's technically indestructible since the cabin is pressurized and has a V-shaped bottom; it would just fly right off the truck in case of a major blast, disabling the truck but saving the crew. Ok I said too much... ;)

Normal Actros:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/22/Mercedes_Actros-Nikolaus_Hammerer_%28D%29.jpg

jungleguerilla
08-20-2010, 10:17 PM
Aw, my apologies, never want to do that again sir. I'm just 15. I don't know what I'm talking about. ;)

ced381
08-20-2010, 11:00 PM
Don't call me sir, I ain't no goddamn officer, I work for my money. :P

Rising Sun*
08-21-2010, 10:19 AM
Aw, my apologies, never want to do that again sir. I'm just 15. I don't know what I'm talking about. ;)

You're forgiven.

You actually do know what you're talking about on some things, but on the ones you don't we'll provide you with free advice on how to behave to help you age quickly into a grizzled old fart, like the mods. ;) :D

ced381
08-21-2010, 11:38 AM
Lol!!

leccy
08-21-2010, 03:15 PM
An old saying comes to mind.

Put your Brain in Gear before you take your Mouth out of Neutral.

I got hardly any pics of my time in Iraq or Afghan and most I have were pictures taken by others long before the resurgence came around. '2002 for Afghan, 2003 and 2006 for Iraq'

skorzeny57
02-28-2011, 03:25 PM
Today, February 28th 2011, an Italian Army "Lince" armoured vehicle has blown up on IED, few miles north of Shindad (Afghanistan), while returning from an operation of medical attendance to local people. The five soldiers are part of the 5 Alpini Regiment. Four of them have been seriously wounded, while the commander of the squad, Liutenent Massimo Ranzani, died. May he rest in peace. A tought to his family.

Cuts
10-28-2011, 07:11 AM
Hi CED381, were you permanently based in KAF ?

Rising Sun*
10-28-2011, 11:15 AM
Hi CED381, were you permanently based in KAF ?

It would be nice if you based yourself permanently in this forum, at least for a while.

Your perspective on many things has been missed.

ced381
11-03-2011, 07:40 PM
Me ?

ced381
11-28-2011, 07:38 PM
Huhuh... I see...

Cuts
02-06-2012, 09:50 AM
Sorry, been overseas again.

So CED381, were you permanently based in KAF ?

ced381
02-06-2012, 07:09 PM
Yes. I was in BAT3.

Cuts
11-30-2012, 08:23 AM
Back again, been as bit busy.

CED381, the photo you posted earlier entitled Taliban remains, who told you the remains were Terry's ?

http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_5610.jpg

It surprises me as they are normally very assiduous in interring their fallen.

Cuts
04-05-2013, 05:39 PM
http://i33.servimg.com/u/f33/14/93/66/40/kaf_8510.jpg

Very nice pic of the Ma Deuce. One in five's a tracer if I got it right?

Armour-piercing tracer in this case.

The ratio varies slightly with different counties and different ammunition types within the calibre.
Quite often it's 4BIT but we were issued with 50 cal 1:1 SLAP:SLAPT


Edit.
Link with four ball to one tracer rd is commonly called 'four bit,' from the designation on ammo tins, 4B1T

Nickdfresh
04-05-2013, 06:03 PM
Armour-piercing tracer in this case.

The ratio varies slightly with different counties and different ammunition types within the calibre.
Quite often it's 4BIT but we were issued with 50 cal 1:1 SLAP:SLAPT


Edit.
Link with four ball to one tracer rd is commonly called 'four bit,' from the designation on ammo tins, 4B1T

What was the AP for? Vehicle interdiction?

tankgeezer
04-05-2013, 07:07 PM
A.P. was pretty much for anything, anti-aircraft, anti-materiel,and anti-whatever managed to get in the way. Prior to the fancy types of .50 ammo in use today, there were only 2 available to us, API, and APIT (1970's Nato) Ball ammo was available only for the .30 cal in which we used 3 ball, 1 trace. (If I'm remembering it properly. )

Cuts
04-12-2013, 06:18 AM
Armour-piercing tracer in this case.

The ratio varies slightly with different counties and different ammunition types within the calibre.
Quite often it's 4BIT but we were issued with 50 cal 1:1 SLAP:SLAPT


Edit.
Link with four ball to one tracer rd is commonly called 'four bit,' from the designation on ammo tins, 4B1T

What was the AP for? Vehicle interdiction?

This was back in the days of the unpleasantness in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, (FRY,) and although the different factions had started with a variety of armour by the time we were on a more agressive stance they'd managed to decorate the country by turning most of them into huge tin plant pots.
While the SLAP/SLAPT* was developed to breach armour it was useful when a so called 'sniper' (ie. some nutter with an AK rather than a trained sldr,) fired a few rds from a window & then took cover behind the surrounding wall. These rds perforated the wall and ruined the gentleman's day.


* For those unaware: SLAP = Saboted Light Armour Penetrator (T = Tracer)
The word 'sabot' comes from the French and is an overshoe.
In military terms it is one of a number of types of device used to permit the firing of sub-calibre projectiles from a weapon.
Most common is probably the aluminium three piece spindle sabot used in APFSDS (Armour Piercing, Fin-Stabilised, Discarding Sabot) rds.
The .50 SLAP uses a synthetic material in the form of an expanding cup or base sabot to fire a 7.7mm tungsten penetrator, and it went through armoured concrete like prune juice through a very small grandmother.
Oh, and they're very sharp projectiles, many arms bore witness to this.

Nickdfresh
04-12-2013, 06:47 AM
Ooops! Cuts, I meant to thank you for the last post not give a negative rep! Sorry. this stupid software won't let me correct it.

Cuts
04-12-2013, 08:05 AM
Ooops! Cuts, I meant to thank you for the last post not give a negative rep! Sorry. this stupid software won't let me correct it.

No wuckers, besides I don't see it as negative anyway. :-)

Nickdfresh
04-12-2013, 07:11 PM
No wuckers, besides I don't see it as negative anyway. :-)

Too much coffee in the morning...

tankgeezer
04-13-2013, 02:04 AM
Don't let this happen to you.. ;)

Cuts
04-14-2013, 04:55 PM
Neither coffee nor Redbull, though on the last tour there was a youngster that was heavily into Baumgartner's sponsor and necked at least two pints a day !

His eyes were banging off the walls.