I stumbled across this website while looking for something else last night. Being Generation X means I was one of many that grew up during the cold war and remember it. Nothing makes a mark in the old grey stuff like going to bed every night wondering if you will hear the sirens going off in the middle of the night or if you will hear the ICBMs as the detonate across the country before the one aimed at FT Knox turns you into a walking corpse that glows in the dark. The good old days. I do miss them though. Anyway, the topic is evergreen for me since I never really left the 1980s.
www.coldwaroutpost.com looks to be relatively new judging by the amount of content and the visitor count. It has some great pictures from Europe during the cold war and from both sides of the potential battlefield. Furthermore if you were one of the guys manning the Fulda Gap or sitting in a missile silo, they want to hear from you. It seems to be aimed at collecting the stories from as many involved as it can get.
Above are some godless commies pouring out of the back of some godless commie contraption or other. The BMP? I’m sure some one will let me know. It seems I read years ago that the BMP was a real game changer for transporting troops. It was some what of a new concept or at least a bunch of good ideas put together into a great idea. I’m not military vehicle guy. Again, this is one of those times we are all going to wish Kevin was alive to tell us all about it and link us to some old website detailing it in Russian that none of us can read. I try to give you some of that old experience but no one will ever fill those shoes. Maybe Kirk can step up on this one for us all.
Here is something I know too much about. We got some guys wearing the OG-107 uniform, which believe it or not, is the longest serving uniform the Army ever had. Replaced by the Woodland M81 BDUs. Regular leather combat boots and steel helmets int he Mitchell pattern reversible cover. Green leaf on one side and a brown patter on the other. M16A1s and a M1911 in the leather M7 shoulder holster. Web gear is still the M1965 used before adoption of the ALICE system. No idea about the vehicles.
Go check the website out, it is full of great pictures and info on units and countries involved and growing. Maybe even tell them we sent you.