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After searching older threads, I've seen some cool OPFOR uniforms on here. I have one and another on the way. I just picked up the Infantry insignia to finish the black beret for this duck-hunter uniform. I bought 2 extras for the collar tabs, but I don't see any evidence of there being pins on there so I haven't put them on yet. Please post any in your collection!

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Some of the insignia I've picked up. The red/yellow straps came off the uniform I wore at Fort Hood in the early 90s. The rank chart I found online is helpful.

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Thanks for posting that one! I got one in the mail today and put my loose boards on it. It is a single pocket OG-107 utility shirt with an Expert Medic badge above the OPFOR tag. Star SSI on the left and the ghost of a large 3 1/2 inch circular patch on the right. Any ideas?

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Anyone got one of those modified OPFOR liners with the weird crest on top?! :think:


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Anyone got one of those modified OPFOR liners with the weird crest on top?! :think:

 

There was one on ebay last week or so that I lost out on towards the end. Woulda been a neat addition :crying:


Learn to ride hard, shoot straight, dance well and so live that you can, if necessary, look any man in the eye and tell him to go to Hell! US Cavalry Manual, 1923

 

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There was one on ebay last week or so that I lost out on towards the end. Woulda been a neat addition :crying:

 

Bad luck Hoove'! I never understood why they saw fit to make those bizarre modifications. :w00t: Easier just to paint the liners a different colour to make them stand out from the rest!? :think:


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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We had plastic Soviet-style helmet shells that fit over the M-1 helmet liner. They were cheap green plastic and some had a red star on the front.


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We had plastic Soviet-style helmet shells that fit over the M-1 helmet liner. They were cheap green plastic and some had a red star on the front.

 

Really? That makes better sense than sticking a crest on the top! :lol:


"We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!"

 

Winston Churchill

" Life is what happens to you when you're busy making other plans."

John Winston Lennon

 

 

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Really! I just found some for sale on the net too: http://www.military1.5u.com/photo6.html

We also had the 'rubber duck' AKs and foam rubber Soviet-type grenades too. I was on a night infil to the CP of a Texas National Guard unit (I was homing in on the sound of their generator) when I heard the distinctive sound of a M-60 cocking and heard "Halt!". They captured me and were searching me when my rubber grenade plopped out of my shirt on the ground in the middle of all of us. It was funny to see all the flashlights pan down at the same time someone said, "Oh S&*%". Good times! :lol:


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I've a real Soviet lid that was used in Germany at one point. Nothing special, just a plain Ivan lid. But the idea behind the crest was to give it a distinctive look. Before the Army started using "VISMODS", visual modifications to vehicles to at least resemble Soviet equipment, the only real way to discern "the bad guys" were adhesive backed stickers with a red star surrounded by a circle. Which was difficult enough to see to begin with, and usually was covered in mud/dust or missing alltogether after a couple days maneuvering. Not much value in training to shoot you own vehicles, or "bad guys" who looked more like you than not.


Learn to ride hard, shoot straight, dance well and so live that you can, if necessary, look any man in the eye and tell him to go to Hell! US Cavalry Manual, 1923

 

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nice topic, i always had a weakness for OpFor. my collection is quite meager, having only the classic 509th PIR olive shirt as well as a DCU one, plus some all black and all green sets made in late '90s.

 

but i collected some nice images of opfor playing soldiers, with unusual or funny uniforms (i left behind insurgent or civilian outfits). some examples

 

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inside-out bdus, a classic

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stripped and modified jungle jacket (2003)

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tiger stripe desert

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modified erdl jacket (2003)

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commercial tiger stripe

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old dbdus

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night camouflage and even german flecktarn :)

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A couple of me (more to come):

 

Fort Drum, circa 1999, Soviet steel pot and Swiss Alpenflage jacket that was about 3 sizes too small for me. We just lined up, reached into a duffel, and grabbed whatever uniform our hand landed on. There was everything from bleached BDUs to...well, Swiss Alpenflage!

 

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Unknown location, circa 1997, in old OD top and boonie (note MILES halo held onto hat with 550 cord), looks like I was heating up an MRE at lunchtime:

 

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If you expand out to "Aggressor" uniforms worn for smaller exercises, you end up with just about every Camo uniform in the world!

 

Somewhere I have a photo of me on an ROTC exercise circa 1977 wearing Vietnam era ERDL, a Tiger Stripe boonie, and a red bandana! Whoo hoo!

 

It was whatever was available at the local surplus store!


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Just found these photos. We were 'test driving' our OPFOR T-54... on post right next to Fort Hood's baseball diamond. The post sergeant major was NOT happy.

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Not exactly sure who took the heat for this, but I think the curator of the 2nd Armored Museum covered for us. She was a really cool lady!

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I was NOT in the tank, I was taking the photos. But I know there was a CW2 driving and a Captain in the top hatch.

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bought from U.S. Calvary catalog , worn one time in training before the guy was told to remove them and put on some OD's .

 

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Some more OPFOR stuff I have picked up

 

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I took these photos 2 years ago. I don't recall why now but they are not the best detailed photos I ever took. They are like a partial layout. It is for a dark green Aggressor Suit dated 1964. It is a set but you would never know it by these photos. They are cut very different from normal fatigues of the time. Notice the trousers have draw string cuffs and also the loops for suspenders.

 

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Trousers

 

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panzerwerk-- The top photo you have there is a uniform that I made!!! I sold it on eBay a few years ago...are you the buyer from there? I purchased the uniform set from the (now defunct) Sovietski Collection catalog. Never got around to putting any insignia on except the signal patch and the required OPFOR patch (color is actually for desert uniforms). I was in a unit where we were told that we would be doing OPFOR roles for a while somewhere, so a bunch of us went out and purchased authentic uniforms. We showed up in formation (on an OPFOR day) wearing them and were dubbed "The Axis of Evil" by the company XO. Some guys had gone hog wild with insignia from various Warsaw Pact nations, so in the end we wore the uniforms for one exercise, and then put them away save for a few occasions when we broke them out for prank purposes.

 

Here is the only photo in my possession from the "Axis of Evil" day. I am behind the camera; the person in Alpenflage (on the right of the vehicle) is SSG A. Silva. The gentleman in the Soviet sniper uniform on the back of the HMMWV is SFC J. Cherry. I think the person in woodland camo was one of the people running the exercise, not a role-player. The "tube" (note the stainless steel guy wires) was a completely nonfunctional mockup made of things found laying around a shop, it could not so much as launch a water balloon.

 

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More photos I found...

 

SGT T. Perry taking a lunch break. Note OD jackets were the uniform for that exercise. I am also guessing it was hot out and there was much brush-busting that day, as you can see the camo worn off his face, but none on his hands (we wore gloves when we were busting brush). Also note the person at upper left is sitting on a MILES gear box (frowned upon), and the rifle in the foreground (left corner) may be an M4...which would make this photo much more recent than I had originally though.

 

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Possibly the same exercise as above. Note one person has his BDU blouse turned inside out, the other is wearing OD. I was behind the lens and do not recall what it was that I wanted a photo of, but I am guessing that it is in the distance where everyone is looking.

 

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