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1/25/2018 7:38:29 AM
Posted: 8/21/2003 11:14:11 AM EST
It was my understanding that nothing could be bought back from Iraq as far as captured gear. I also have heard that some units were searched before they left Iraqi for such items. But over the last few weeks I talked to two different guys who who were in different units who bought stuff back with no problems. They both were told "nothing that goes bang". Of course, neither is really into this stuff so all they picked up was a beret, bayonets and a few pieces of insignia. Does anyone have any more info. on what can and can't be bought back - I'm asumming it varies from unit to unit. Both bayonets were well used Romanian AK bayonets.
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 11:23:15 AM EST
Someone brought me some Dinars. They had a neat "welcome to the Ba'ath Party" sort of sign as well. But no, nothing that goes bang or boom was allowed, along with "valuble" items.
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 11:23:23 AM EST
I thought bayonets were even a no-no.
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 11:23:51 AM EST
Not to sound sarcastic, but you can bring back what ever you can get away with.

The military really frowns on this, but it has been a tradition with soldiers since time began, Army rules will not stop this.
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 11:29:01 AM EST
I have a friend who brought back some of those little tan Italian toe-poppers (with the explosive donut removed, of course) from Round I. He has a few of the little ones, about like a hockey puck, and a big antivehicle mine about like a dinner plate.

cool conversation pieces on the mantel...

Link Posted: 8/21/2003 1:36:27 PM EST
I was an Army EOD specialist from 68 to 71. My units area of responsibility included the Kansas City hub of the post office. You wouldnt believe what guys tried to send home from Viet Nam.
We picked up live grenades, live rockets, a live claymore mine, and much other assorted live ordnance that the post office caught. It would be interesting to know how much they didnt catch.
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 2:56:43 PM EST
After the 1991 Gulf War,Military collector shows were swamped with captured Iraqi web gear,Berets,uniform pieces.....I remember alot of the stuff was priced really cheap,about a year ago I noticed some of the same stuff on E-Bay going for serious cash.
Link Posted: 8/21/2003 3:17:26 PM EST
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