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    Georgia and Russia at war - August 2008

    Without getting into lengthy discussion over all the fine points, Georgia and Russia are presently at war, ostensibly over the breakaway Ossetian area of Georgia. Following are pics taken from various current sources -


    The participants

    Georgians





    Ossetians




    Russians



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    On the ground



    Russian MBT (T-80?)



    Georgian T-72



    Russian BMP-1s



    Russian MTLB and Georgian MTLB with ZU23-2



    Russian (NATO desig) 2S3 (Russian desig) Akatsiya (Acacia) SO-152



    Georgian VZ 77 DANA 152mm



    Georgian RM-70 MRL



    Russian BRDM-2U Cmd vehicle

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    In the Air




    Sukhoi Su-25 Grach (Rook) NATO desig Frogfoot ground attack aircraft - employed by Georgians, Ossetians, and Russians



    Sukhoi Su-24 NATO desig Fencer all-weather fighter-bomber/strike aircraft - employed by Georgians and Russians




    Mi-24 NATO desig Hind


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    Random pics



    Bunched-up Russian column entering Ossetia - an FO's or ground attack pilot's dream...



    "Ninjas" at checkpoint where armor column arrives



    Airstrike by georgian Frogfoots against Ossetians



    Georgian troops watch airstrike
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    Thanks for the pics. It will be interesting to see what happens. At least Basayev is gone- he would surely get involved and make things worse for everyone.
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    Great pics PD..thanks!!
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    I'm a bit rusty on some of the system designations, it's been a while since WarPac-type stuff was deployed at these levels. The Georgians have brigades, while a news report yesterday (take those for what they are worth) claimed the Russians had pushed two divisions into Georgia. It's interesting that so far the BMPs shown are the -1s. It seems the Ossetians have a number of aircraft as well as T-72 MBTs.
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    If you do noticed, the Georgians are spotting USMC Woodland Marpat BDUs.

    Couple of pictures gotten from militaryphotos.net



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    Some BMP-2s in a column, pic added today.



    A cropped shot, showing a Georgian soldier wearing a plate carrier.
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    Yeah Kenny, one of the guys brought up the MARPAT in OT section, there's some more pics there. The Marines trained Georgian troops, looks like the GAs liked the Uniform. Interesting mixes of old and new uniforms and body armors and LBEs.
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    Yup, digital is the new woodland, everyone seems to have a version, or five.

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    Got a bunch more pics from all over. Hope to get a break from RL to post them.

    Like this guy....



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    I"m not certain of the tools being used in this conflict, but I'm pretty certain that the burning bodies on both sides were Fathers, Brothers and Sons who will be mourned.

    Let us pray this ends quickly.
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    Better it had never happened at all, but the point of this thread is to describe the systems and combatants. The tragedy of it all is sadly recorded on many other sites.
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    it`s georgia using marpat and acu too???

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    Quote Originally Posted by oneshot View Post
    it`s georgia using marpat and acu too???
    The Georgians trained with US Marines, I'm guessing that's how they decided on a version of MARPAT. Speculating again here, but the ACU guy might've acquired those in Iraq, or by private purchase....or the story might be even more interesting than that.
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    Having no luck in posting a bunch of shots, I'm trying a few at a time. The intent here is to present examples to inspire bashups and indicate the wide variety of kit and equipment.

    Pictures are from various sites like "The Art of War" (http://www.navoine.ru), the excellent THEATRUM BELLI (http://www.flickr.com/photos/theatrum-belli), and a number of discussion boards.



    Russian forces in a recent pic (specops?). Note the can on the weapon, on the left. Also, the Gorka-type windproof.




    Russian snipers or "designated marksmen". Trousers from the 2 piece windproof,
    as well as what appears to be KMLK camo suits.
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    Vdv



    Paratroopers aboard a BMD



    Dismounted paras, well-equipped, and fairly uniform appearance with BMD-2 in background




    BMD with ZU-23 gun mounted




    Nice shot of paras aboard a BMD portee, with good body armor detail




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    In keeping with the emphasis on the Russian forces, more pics including "other units". Lots of players in this conflict.

    Chechens -






    ID'd as Chechens




    Identified as Chechen special forces from Vostok East army

    Chechens were identified as some sources as being Kadyrov's men, or those of Yamadaev, his rival. Chechens as Russian allies seems surprising, but politics, rivalries, and opportunity are no doubt motivations.


    Contract Forces



    These guys riding a BMD-2, may be Russian military, or possible kontraktniki (speculation on my part), which reportedly make up a percentage of Russian forces. Like the US, such contracting is done to retain experience and skills, as an adjunct to regular forces. Appearance of a semblance of uniformity and organization might indicate such "specialists", but given the range of unis and gear fielded, not a guarantee.


    Separatist Forces


    South Ossetians






    Abkhazians






    State Assets?



    This crew caught the attention of a number of commentators, and was described at one point as being GRU - Russian Intel Agency. They don't appear to be camera-shy. That aside, they have an interesting lot of uniforms, gear and weapons.
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    In that last pic, does the guy in the bottom middle have an L96?
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    I thought it might be an SV-98, or one of the other homegrown AI-looking systems. Still, with a proper budget, specialist troops could get just about anything.
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    As far as the ACU's that you might see, we traded some sets while we were there to the troops we were training along with some other stuff they couldnt get, like good knifes. I hope Mickael put my Emerson to good use.
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