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    Afghan partnering unit (APU)

    Post by aussie digger on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:43 am

    Hi All,

    Here are some of the insignia of the Afghan Partnering Unit (APU).

    The APU is a Afghan special forces unit with member drawn mainly from the Afghan commandos.

    They are equipped in the hyperstealth uniform and to a lesser extent have been seen in multicam. Along with better weapons and equipment than the regular Afghan forces.

    Article on the APU: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/25/us-afghanistan-nightraids-idUSTRE80O16B20120125

    All photos are open source.

    I hope this information is helpful.

    Cheers
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    Re: Afghan partnering unit (APU)

    Post by aussie digger on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:44 am

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    Post by aussie digger on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:46 am

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    Post by aussie digger on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:50 am

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    Post by aussie digger on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:53 am

    Well worn 2 piece set of APU tab and cut down ANA commando insignia. As worn by the member.

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    Post by aussie digger on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:56 am

    Round full color APU insignia with incomplete wording.


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    Post by aussie digger on Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:59 am

    Grey subdued round APU patch.

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    Post by aussie digger on Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:06 am

    Full color Afghan special forces/commando insignia as seen worn by the APU.

    This is the last from me, if anyone has any additional insignia please add them!

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    Post by jimmyduncan23 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:16 am

    Nice patches well done
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    Post by Mercenary25 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:49 am

    Nice!

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    Post by squirrely on Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:58 pm

    aussie digger wrote:[img][/img]

    MIBOLC! Now THAT guy must be one heck of a Soldier! Very Happy
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    Post by rsunday on Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:54 pm

    Jason,
    Cool patches!
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    Re: Afghan partnering unit (APU)

    Post by aussie digger on Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:18 am

    Thanks guys! Also have this example but as yet havnt seen evidence of them in use.

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    Post by Nkomo on Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:49 am

    Here is one of my APU patches. Full color version.


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    Re: Afghan partnering unit (APU)

    Post by msmith275 on Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:26 pm

    Wow! That round APU patch is much bigger than what I've seen before. Mine are all much smaller. Good score!

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    Post by Nkomo on Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:34 pm

    Thanks, Mark. Do you think the patch maybe an earlier piece?

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    Post by sivart5656 on Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:11 pm

    msmith275 wrote:Wow! That round APU patch is much bigger than what I've seen before. Mine are all much smaller. Good score!

    Mark

    To me, it looks like the circular patch is standard size, but the Commando patch looks smaller than normal.
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    Re: Afghan partnering unit (APU)

    Post by kriegsmodell on Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:14 am


    nkomo wrote:  Thanks, Mark.  Do you think the patch maybe an earlier piece?

    Not Mark but I think it's a more recent version. Like the ASG. My thoughts only ......


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    Re: Afghan partnering unit (APU)

    Post by msmith275 on Sat Mar 28, 2015 11:25 am

    nkomo wrote:  Thanks, Mark.  Do you think the patch maybe an earlier piece?

    Gosh, I have to say it's hard for me to say older/newer - I'd lean to agreeing with Lance that there's a good chance it's newer. By that - the contruction looks like anything 2006-2007 to now. There are patches coming out 2013-2014 from certain places in Afghanistan that are super high quality. This looks like your average quality Afghan patch.

    When I look at the multi-cam pattern, it appears to me like the ANA Cdo patches are normal full size and therefore that APU patch is bigger than normal (if the ANA Cdo's were the small versions - that would put that ASG patch as a mini-patch, and it does not look like that) - if all that is true, then we've seen lots and lots of photos of APU operators and never seen that larger size patch. So either this one slipped under the radar for 8 or so years or it's newer and we just haven't seen photos yet.

    Are the ANA Cdo patches normal sized? Or are they smaller? I guess that's one of the key pieces of info needed to go much further.

    Thanks!

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    Post by Torch03 on Mon Jan 09, 2017 10:38 am

    Here's some Afghan Partnering Unit (APU) insignia



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    Re: Afghan partnering unit (APU)

    Post by DeOpressoLiber on Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:23 am

    Very cool! Any chance you know the significance of "1388"?
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    Post by Nkomo on Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:41 pm

    A recent addition.

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    Post by jimmyduncan23 on Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:40 pm

    Nice patch
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    Re: Afghan partnering unit (APU)

    Post by Static line on Fri Jun 30, 2017 7:59 pm

    In the Afghan/Persian Calendar their year 1388 corresponds with March 2009 - March 2010, and may be what the numbers reference on the patch.

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