Original Iraq Army Uniform and Equipment Grouping - U.S. Veteran Bringback

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Group Available. Ever since the beginning of time, when two or more countries were at war, soldiers would acquire items worn by the opposing force. Soldiers would swap uniform items with other soldiers, whether it be small pins and insignia to actual clothing and equipment. During WWII the allies would swap insignia, patches, boots etc and they would also “acquire” items worn and used by the opposing forces and send them home. The militaries of the 21st century still uphold the habit of acquiring these such items and this grouping is a prime example of that.

Surrendering Iraqi soldiers during the Invasion of Iraq led by U.S. forces would discard weapons and equipment all over the battlefield. There are many stories and accounts of American troops moving up to a position and all that would be left would be piles of uniforms, helmets, web gear and weapons. A Lot of Americans would stow away this gear in their packs in the hopes of sending them home or bringing them home on their person. This grouping was brought back in that fashion by an American who fought in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The items included in this group are the following items:

- Iraqi M90 Helmet: This is a very nice and original Iraqi M90 helmet with its rubber rim. The Iraqi M90 is the successor of the Iraqi M80 helmet, and most commonly seen during Operation Iraqi Freedom. This particular example is in great shape with consistent and honest wear throughout. There are no markings visible.

-Iraq Army Black Beret: This is a great service worn Iraqi Army Beret that was used during the second war of the Gulf in 2003. It was then brought back by a returning USGI. The design is fairly standard, with an Iraqi army badge on the front. The badge has the stars running horizontally across the central shield, unlike those during Operation Desert Storm, which had the stars running vertically.

-Iraqi Army Beret Insignia: The insignia features a masons compass and the design is similar to the Freemasons. There is a ribbon banner underneath it with arabic writing. We have not been able to find any information other than its for “Military Works”

-Iraq Army Decontamination Kit: So this is a rare item. It’s a Desert Storm era kit and is unopened. The container is made from a hard thick bakelite plastic and measures 5" x 3 1/2". This is still sealed and complete. These chemical decontamination kits were used by soldiers if they were exposed to chemical agents such as nerve, blister, or blood agents.

-Iraqi Air Force Brigadier General Shoulder Board: The shoulder board is for the rank of Brigadier General in the Iraqi Air Force of Saddam Hussein. Made during the Hussein era and not a current copy. This manufacturing type is called "German made" although we have seen nothing to indicate that they are truly German. It is lined with a thin, brown, plastic like material for all weather wear. There is dried adhesive on the back side, indicating that it was more than likely used on a U.S. Military recognition board for Iraqi officers.

-Iraqi AK-47 Ammo Pouch: The AK-47 pouch appears to be Romanian made which is very common for use within the Iraqi military. The pouch was heavily used and has faded alot but it is still complete and without damage.

-Iraqi P58 Field Bag: This is an Iraqi type of rucksack and is based off of British examples, but not as well made. These were intended to be used to carry a sleeping kit, but in all reality the possibilities of what can be carried in these are endless. The pack is in good condition and appears complete and without severe damage.

-Iraqi Green Ministry of Defense Uniform: The uniform consists of a top and pair of trousers, both are green for the Ministry of Defense and do not have any patches on them. They are marked as a size XL and were made in Romania. There is no damage to either item but they have faded from wear and use.

-12” x 8” Paper Iraqi Flag: The glossy paper flag is on a 12x8 piece of cardboard. The flag of Iraq includes the three equal horizontal red, white, and black stripes of the Arab Liberation flag, with takbīr ʾAllāhu ʾakbaru (ٱللَّٰهُ أَكْبَرُ), meaning "Allah (God) is the greatest" in Kufic script written in the center. This basic tricolor has been in use since its adoption on 31 July 1963, with several changes to the green symbols in the central white stripes; the most recent version adopted on 22 January 2008 bears the takbīr rendered in dark green. The flag between 1963 and 2008 had three green stars, since 2008 the stars have been removed.

This is a wonderful and genuine U.S. bringback from Operation Enduring Freedom. All items come ready to display in your Global War on Terror collections!

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