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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 2:53 pm

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    Hello everyone,

    Recently I was at a militaria show and long story short, I came home with a Ukrainian early OIF collection!

    Here are some pics...
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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 2:54 pm

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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 2:56 pm

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    The 5th Mechanized Brigade was a Ukrainian unit that was only active from 2003 to 2004 in Iraq. I am assuming that these patches were made in theatre.
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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 2:58 pm

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    Here is a soldier's book, what it is about I don't know...
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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 2:59 pm

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    Small Ukrainian booklet with English translation.
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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 3:00 pm

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    Beat up helmet cover with a small suprise...
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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 3:02 pm

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    ... Arabic writing. Does anyone have an idea what it says?
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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 3:03 pm

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    Four boonie caps.
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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 3:04 pm

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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 3:05 pm

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    Modified gun holster
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    Post by artur95 Mon May 19, 2014 3:07 pm

    To give a little background for the collection, it came from a US OIF veteran who worked with the Ukrainians at the same base. When the Ukrainians were leaving, they dumped a lot of their stuff in a dumpster.
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    Post by usall Mon May 19, 2014 4:13 pm

    Very nice ! Great ukrainian collection !
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    Post by MyZone Mon May 19, 2014 10:56 pm

    Very good grouping.....a keeper for sure !

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    Post by artur95 Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:24 pm

    Hey everyone.

    I met up with the veteran who sold the Ukrainian items to me at a show, and he was kind enough to share some of his photos with me.

    Here's some information about his time with the Ukrainians:

    "My platoon-1st pltn, Bco.-moved to Al Kut in November 03 to train the Iraqi Civil Defense Corp(ICDC).  Over a four month period we trained an 800 man battalion-half of whom went to the Ukrainians at Kut and the the other half went to the Polish army at Babylon."

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    This is the entrance to the training camp.
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    Post by artur95 Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:26 pm

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    Here he is with two soldiers.
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    Post by artur95 Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:28 pm

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    And one of the photos that I find most interesting...

    "When the first contingent of their troops-36th Mechanized Infantry-were getting ready to go home, they started throwing all of their old uniforms and equipment away. Their dumpsters were overflowing with bags of equipment and uniforms."

    Provenance that the uniform came from a dumpster!  Very Happy 
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    Post by artur95 Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:31 pm

    As you can see by the photo above the Ukrainians threw out a number of their uniforms, including old Soviet and woodland pattern uniforms.
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    Post by msmith275 Wed Jun 04, 2014 8:48 pm

    Awesome. Hang on to those, they might not be around much longer!

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