ID this backpack - Not OEF / OIF but still interesting

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    ID this backpack - Not OEF / OIF but still interesting

    Post by MyZone on Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:13 pm

    Hello,

    A guy I know showed this to me today. He's had it since 1984; he had aquired it from an SF friend of his who had participated in the Grenada invasion. The information I received was that the SF soldier pulled this off a Cuban soldier.  No tags, and only a faint marking inside (a small square with faded character inside). I thought I took a picture of the markings, but did not. scratch Originally, it had a mess kit, thin blanket, and name tag....but over the years since he has this, they were lost/misplaced. Nope, my friend would not give it up (sell it).

    At any rate, I know some of you fellas collect many eras of kit. Please feel free to comment.....

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    Post by RedLegGI on Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:02 am

    Did a quick search, and came up with this:

    http://www.ebay.com/bhp/soviet-backpack (google lead to e-bay, ebay lead to hate, hate lead to the darkside)
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    Post by MyZone on Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:14 am

    That looks to be the one....

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    Post by RedLegGI on Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:42 am

    MyZone wrote:That looks to be the one....

    Thanks,
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    I don't know why but when I looked at it, it struck me as something Russian, especially the button. Glad I could help Smile


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    Post by Zeked on Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:57 pm

    Soviet was my first guess as well. The Soviets, via Cuba, were pushing arms out all over Central America in the late 70's into the early 80's so the story is plausible - at least to me. Thanks!
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    Post by nkomo on Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:31 pm

     Story is 110% plausible, MZ.  I also have one of the exact same packs captured and brought back from Grenada.



    In case anyone else is interested, here are just a few of my items captured during Operation Urgent Fury. Also, another member of ours (Airborne1968) posted some of his collection as well.

    Link: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/179076-captured-items-from-urgent-fury/
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    Post by Zeked on Mon Aug 05, 2013 11:16 am

    nkomo wrote:  Story is 110% plausible, MZ.  I also have one of the exact same packs captured and brought back from Grenada.



     In case anyone else is interested, here are just a few of my items captured during Operation Urgent Fury.  Also, another member of ours (Airborne1968) posted some of his collection as well.

    Link:  http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/179076-captured-items-from-urgent-fury/

    Great thread on USMF Arch, I missed that one when you posted and very nice indeed.
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    Post by nkomo on Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:32 pm

    Thanks, Zeked.

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