brantgoose: Russians sure do good old American know-how well. Like the old joke about the Americans spending millions to develop a pen that would write in space, while the Cosmonauts just used a pencil.
MFAWG: And article was pretty damn useless without a picture of the felt boots and wrappings in question.
FrancoFile: What they don't mention about the traditional Russian footcloth (portyanki) is that it's very easy to put on extra layers of them, without impeding mobility and circulation. Can't do that with socks.
Subtle_Canary: OEF was kinda cool in that it was the first war where troops were basically being supplied by private sources. 'Tactical Gear' was all the rage and by the time Iraq was in full swing you had military commanders making list of stuff you COULDNT bring.We were stuffing our issued gear in C-bags and buying our own stuff-boots-rucks-Webbing-weapon mods like magazines, optics etc-whole uniforms. They had to ban under armor shirts because of melty ness and i remember my first RAID bduHell, i think the only issue gear i had on my first deployment were NVG's, my actual rifle and my Wiley X's
Ennuipoet: What's amusing and yet kind of amazing is after thousands of years, the creation of weapons that can kill thousands in one blow, we are still looking to find the right kind of footwear for soldiers. I suspect when the Terminators finally take over the world, they will still be looking for the right kind of tread for marching in the bleached bones of their human progenitors.
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