70 years later, a Russian World War II veteran pays tribute to the tank he rode into combat and to his fallen friends that crewed it. [730x486]


We can kind of imagine. We were driving around in HMMWVs that were unarmored or had "hillbilly" armor added by our mechanics when I first went to Iraq. My friends were dying and limbs that are losing and ...



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  • I can kind of imagine. When I first went to Iraq we were driving around in HMMWVs that were unarmored or had "hillbilly" armor added by our mechanics. My friends were dying and losing limbs left and right in them. A few months into our deployment we got some brand new uparmored HMMWVs. I drove around and fought from Charlie 1-3 for 9 months and am certainly alive because of that lovely piece of machinery. I didn't see the kind of combat this gentleman did, but I can appreciate to some degree what he is feeling. Like the port on this tank, modern Bradley Fighting Vehicles have machine gun ports into which you can fit a modified automatic version of the M4. They are for when hsit gets really real and "Charlie" is in the wire, so to speak. I'm not sure if they have ever been used in OIF/OEF but there is a story from the 3rd Infantry Division during the invasion about a hajj climbing onto a Bradley. The Bradley was locked up tight so the Vehicle Commander had his wingman open up on his Bradley with coaxial 7.62, eliminating the curious hajj.
  • Just insane. Thank you for your service and sacrifice man. How's life now?
  • Life is good. Got out of the Army recently. Pictures like this simultaneously make me miss it and regret it.
  • these acronyms
  • I'm happy to break any down for you.
  • It's "hajji", if you are going to use racial slurs, at least use them correctly, idiot. edit: sorry i offended an american hero thank you for your service
  • During two deployments to Iraq they were "hajj". Right, wrong or otherwise.
  • Yes, both wrong and offensive.
  • You are really shitting on a point. I don't have any ill will towards Muslims and wish we would welcome Syrian refugees with open arms. But when you spend 24 months of your life referring to the people trying to kill you as "hajj", it sticks. Sorry to offend you.
  • I don't have any ill will towards Muslims Then you shouldn't use terms mocking them? It's not hard or complicated.
  • If you are done with your little social justice battle for the day would you mind if we got back to discussing an interesting photo on r/militaryporn ?
  • Sure. You fought for our freedom afterall.
  • I think if you knew me and could get over my use of the word "h**j" we would agree on quite a bit. I think you are generalizing American soldiers as right-wing fanatics who love war. I'm quite aware I did not fight for anyone's freedom in Iraq. I wish I had. As a 19 year old, that is what I naively signed up to do. It's why I became not just a soldier, but an Infantryman. I hate the Iraq war with so much passion it would blow you away. I went over there with the best intentions in the world. I wanted to fight for my country and protect innocent Iraqis. It's unfortunate that what I was involved in did not protect my country, and instead hurt it. It's devastating to know that instead of protecting innocent Iraqis I destroyed some of their lives, communities, and families. It's very strange and difficult to come terms with the fact that I am similataneously proud of how myself and my unit performed militarily, and sickened by what we were performing. Instead of jumping on someone for their use of a word that was informed by the most trying times of their life, maybe dig a little deeper.
  • You PC bro?
  • Go serve lose friends and almost die then come back with your PC bullshit
  • PC? I'm not sure where that is coming from. This whole thread started because I said "hajj".
  • I was talking about the other guy not you meaning that he should go experience what you did then come back being all PC still
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