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Iraqi helmet 2nd Armored Div. ODS bring-back


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This well worn helmet was a war trophy from a soldier in the 2nd Armored Division, who put some graffiti on it. The inside was filthy so I wiped the rim down, which is why it looks so clean....here's the inside showing the liner with some Arabic writing...the remaining chin strap is pretty shredded. On the right side he wrote "ODS".

 

 

 

 

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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)
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...the front has a 2AD triangle, and then some more writing on the left side.

 

 

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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)
"Poor is the nation that has no Heroes...shameful is the one having them that forgets."

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Very nice helmet, really like the "personalization" done by the soldier...gives it some great character.

 

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For the helmet geeks out there, that's an M80 composite helmet, designed and made in South Korea, which explains its very American-influenced features. By the next Gulf War, the Iraqis were mostly equipped with their home-produced M1990 helmet which was rather like a thick sand-coloured plastic M1 liner with a distinctive rubber rim and Riddell type suspension.

"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!"

 

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When I first got to the desert, I was throwing Iraqi helmets away because I thought they were discarded American helmet liners....by the time I "got smart", the real easy pickings were over with..although I still managed to bring back a B4 bag full of them along with berets, flags, and bayonets.....which I gave most away to my troopers that didn't get to go. Either way, like the Saddam Fedayeen helmets, these don't stop diddly-squat....

 

 

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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)
"Poor is the nation that has no Heroes...shameful is the one having them that forgets."

The Miami Valley Military History Museum: http://www.mvmhm.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Miami-Valley-Military-History-Museum/111268115594349
Official Partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration: www.vietnamwar50th.com
Official Partner of the United States of America World War I Centennial: www.worldwar1centennial.org

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