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#61 bojan

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 1940 PM

Any idea if that's something he's been issued with or just something he cobbled together?

 

IIRC issued in trial amounts.


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 0434 AM

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 1825 PM

 

Note Adidas shoes wore by guy in front in prisoner...

Alejandro what does that indicate? Spook? 

 

 

 

Has served in montainous area/has generally had to walk long distances - in Afghan summer; and had the opportunity to go to a dukan (afghani village general store) to trade some condensed milk or sugar for a pair of sneakers.

Sport sneakers were highly popular with many of the Soviet contingent in Afghanistan because they were that much easier to climb mountains and/or walk long distances in in Afghan heat than the issue laced or "kirzachi" slip-on boots.

(When was the desert combat boot first introduced, by the way? Surely not before the Nineties?)

 

Also, according to some accounts, stepping on a small landmine in a boot usually meant being riddled full of holes by the nails in the boot's sole and/or suffering a backbone break and ending up dead, whereas in the lighter, sewn sneakers it could, with some luck, mean just losing the foot or the leg. May or may not be sailor desantnik tales, though. I know almost nothing about landmines, let alone if in Afghanistan there were any in use that left the man stepping on them alive, so feel free to remark on this.


Edited by Blunt Eversmoke, 23 September 2015 - 1830 PM.

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#64 Roman Alymov

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 1233 PM

 

 

Note Adidas shoes wore by guy in front in prisoner...

Alejandro what does that indicate? Spook? 

 

 

 

Has served in montainous area/has generally had to walk long distances - in Afghan summer; and had the opportunity to go to a dukan (afghani village general store) to trade some condensed milk or sugar for a pair of sneakers.

Sport sneakers were highly popular with many of the Soviet contingent in Afghanistan because they were that much easier to climb mountains and/or walk long distances in in Afghan heat than the issue laced or "kirzachi" slip-on boots.

(When was the desert combat boot first introduced, by the way? Surely not before the Nineties?)

 

Also, according to some accounts, stepping on a small landmine in a boot usually meant being riddled full of holes by the nails in the boot's sole and/or suffering a backbone break and ending up dead, whereas in the lighter, sewn sneakers it could, with some luck, mean just losing the foot or the leg. May or may not be sailor desantnik tales, though. I know almost nothing about landmines, let alone if in Afghanistan there were any in use that left the man stepping on them alive, so feel free to remark on this.

 

Not only nails – it was believed the heavier are one’s boot the more part of leg will be lost if stepped on landmine (slip-on boots.=full leg, boots – up to knee etc.). It was the main reason for wide spread of Adidas-style cross-country running shoes among troops in Afganistan (most popular where ones produced by Kimry factory not far from Moscow) 

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#65 Mr King

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 1536 PM

 

Soviets interrogating a mujaheddin 

 

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I don't think the Soviets knew the effective "Lion King" interrogation method 

 

 

 

 

 

Note Adidas shoes wore by guy in front in prisoner...

Alejandro what does that indicate? Spook? 

 

 

 

Has served in montainous area/has generally had to walk long distances - in Afghan summer; and had the opportunity to go to a dukan (afghani village general store) to trade some condensed milk or sugar for a pair of sneakers.

Sport sneakers were highly popular with many of the Soviet contingent in Afghanistan because they were that much easier to climb mountains and/or walk long distances in in Afghan heat than the issue laced or "kirzachi" slip-on boots.

(When was the desert combat boot first introduced, by the way? Surely not before the Nineties?)

 

Also, according to some accounts, stepping on a small landmine in a boot usually meant being riddled full of holes by the nails in the boot's sole and/or suffering a backbone break and ending up dead, whereas in the lighter, sewn sneakers it could, with some luck, mean just losing the foot or the leg. May or may not be sailor desantnik tales, though. I know almost nothing about landmines, let alone if in Afghanistan there were any in use that left the man stepping on them alive, so feel free to remark on this.

 

 

Thanks Blunt. 


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 1334 PM

 

 

Soviets interrogating a mujaheddin 

 

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1375908193000-Khost-01.JPG

 

 

I don't think the Soviets knew the effective "Lion King" interrogation method 

 

Thanks Blunt. 

 

No sweat, you're welcome.

Also, text in the pic posted above by Roman indicates that Adidas (or counterfeits thereof) sold in the Afghani villages were not the only sneakers worn by Soviet contingent in Afghanistan: Soviet-produced "Kimry" sneakers were reported to be of durability on par with army boots and could be sourced directly from Voentorg army shops - if you were lucky enough to get there in time when the next load came in :D

 

Re Lion King interrogation method: Poor mujaheddin, his face is saying "where's that goddamn Mountain of Doom when you need it to throw that fuckin' Simba wannabe into!!." :D


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 2146 PM

If the Soviets could not civilize this place, and drag it out of the 7th century, why did we have the hubris to think we could do better?

 

http://www.dailymail...liban-rule.html

 

http://www.businessi...bul-2013-2?op=1

 

Hope you realize that all the progressive folks with Western ideas pretty much left when the civil war took place..


Edited by crazyinsane105, 27 September 2015 - 2151 PM.

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#68 Paul G.

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 1238 PM

 

If the Soviets could not civilize this place, and drag it out of the 7th century, why did we have the hubris to think we could do better?

 

http://www.dailymail...liban-rule.html

 

http://www.businessi...bul-2013-2?op=1

 

Hope you realize that all the progressive folks with Western ideas pretty much left when the civil war took place..

 

 

In other words the urban educated middle class.  It was the dirt poor, uneducated "country folk" whom the Taliban grew their ranks from.  So in other words....class and culture played as much a role as religion. 


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#69 Brian Kennedy

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Posted 29 September 2015 - 1742 PM

I wonder if anybody's ever written a super-paper on how brain drain has affected Muslim countries. It would be a hell of a read, I think.


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Posted 29 September 2015 - 1839 PM

 

 

If the Soviets could not civilize this place, and drag it out of the 7th century, why did we have the hubris to think we could do better?

 

http://www.dailymail...liban-rule.html

 

http://www.businessi...bul-2013-2?op=1

 

Hope you realize that all the progressive folks with Western ideas pretty much left when the civil war took place..

 

 

In other words the urban educated middle class.  It was the dirt poor, uneducated "country folk" whom the Taliban grew their ranks from.  So in other words....class and culture played as much a role as religion. 

 

 

Mullah Omar, the head of the Taliban, was semi-literate and from a dirt poor village. After the war, the only individuals who bothered to remain were people like him or anybody else who would benefit from staying in a lawless, war torn country. That's what nearly three decades of war and grinding poverty will do to a country..


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Posted 25 December 2015 - 1014 AM

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#72 bojan

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 1530 PM

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Posted 20 June 2018 - 1423 PM

Soviet style sneakers make a comeback:

https://sputniknews....oviet-sneakers/


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#75 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 21 June 2018 - 0623 AM

Do you have to spam dumb memes into every thread concerning Soviets/Russia?


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Posted 21 June 2018 - 0629 AM

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Posted 07 July 2018 - 1930 PM

I wonder if anybody's ever written a super-paper on how brain drain has affected Muslim countries. It would be a hell of a read, I think.

 

There's no one intelligent enough left to write it :)


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Posted 09 July 2018 - 1833 PM

 

I wonder if anybody's ever written a super-paper on how brain drain has affected Muslim countries. It would be a hell of a read, I think.

 

There's no one intelligent enough left to write it :)

 

ISWYDT...  :)

 

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 1212 PM

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