Interesting story about the camouflage undershirt this Iraqi soldier is wearing. About 5 years ago, I was at one of my favorite surplus shops around one of the US Army bases here in Kentucky. I knew the shop owner very well and he would always save odd items back for whenever I would show up.
This particular day, I bought a huge bag of DCUs and pouches for my collection. As I was leaving, he handed me four woodland camouflage t-shirts and said that some soldier had brought them in and claimed that they came back from Iraq. The shop owner said the soldier also claimed that the t-shirts were given to the Iraqi troops by US soldiers to help supplement the Iraqis uniforms.
To be honest, I thought it was another story someone had made up to sell their items. I really had no use for the shirts and had contemplated throwing them out or donating them to our local thrift shop. However, I kept them in the bag of DCUs and eventually forgot about them.
A few years later, I was doing some research on Iraqi camouflage uniforms and saw several pictures that made me do a double take. Sure enough, there were pictures of Iraqi soldiers wearing the exact same woodland pattern t-shirts. The Iraqi in the picture I posted is also wearing the exact same woodland pattern shirt I was given.
This is just an example of why you never throw anything away until you find out the full story.
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