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 Post subject: Op: East Wind VI
PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 6:40 pm 
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There are lots of photos and a number of videos from this event.

The first one's that I'm going to share are from my camera.

Scar often mentioned peeling potatoes when talking about this event. And I used to laugh and laugh, and then at my third EW I actually witnessed this:
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East Wind, now that's milsim!

Han should have a couple more real milsim moments, like one of our dooh mending our sergeant's cot.

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My section just finishing up planting mines by the West Berlin border. Mines including ПМН-2, ПОМЗ, МОН-50 mines.

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NATO forces started arriving, we had to wrap up our activy and pull back. Technically the war hasn't started. Though, cross-border hostilities have begun.
Notice the border post, mine flags, МОН-50, razor wire on the border, British Ferret armored scout vehicle that just showed up.
The downed Huey and buildings really add to the atmosphere.

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Just dismounted from БТР-40 on top of a hill technically in East Germany, but in hostile territory. While technically safe, comrade Sgt. is going to survey the area with binoculars.

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Comrade eifrator stays with the vehicle while raydovi comrades scout the road ahead of us.

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Using our БТР-40 for its full scouting potential by standing on top of it while on top of a hill.

I took some useless video of us bouncing around while riding in the БТР but I don't think it's worthwhile watching. Also, a bunch of other photos from inside the camp which are probably not interesting to you guys. And more of the above but from different angles.

There are some interesting NATO side photos. Some of the DDR Grenzertrupen (the East German border guards). I'll post links to other people's galleries.


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 Post subject: Re: Op: East Wind VI
PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:51 pm 
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Other people's albums:
Some really cool NATO photos in here, with a few Warsaw photos in it
http://s231.photobucket.com/user/Paperp ... 5541983213
Another one, featuring end of game cultural exchange and other cameos by Warsaw Pact guys
http://s1181.photobucket.com/user/slope ... 0IV?page=1

From other people's albums,

East German border guards guarding the border. Or as the Grenztrupen like to say "grenzing"
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The Canadians had were assigned to clear a path through our mine field, this is some of the ordinance they recovered
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Going back in the 'rober' (row-ber) truck back home, to break down camp, after successfully liberating NATO's steaks
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Coop's videos: WARNING - THEY ARE LONG and mostly boring, because they are just stuff from around camp

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYN1aSD-RlE

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BOIziBDHwo

Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rh5x_T-77A (this one is worth watching the most, this is the interrogation of a West German and American POW, captured by my section)

Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oA1qkIYlH0

And don't forget about the EW FB page
https://www.facebook.com/operationeastwind

And there are still folks who haven't shared their photos yet!


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 Post subject: Re: Op: East Wind VI
PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 9:23 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Op: East Wind VI
PostPosted: Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:00 pm 
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More boring video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkvugYBdTQs
But at least I'm in this one.
This was during our last mission with the BTR-40.
We were so casual. Unbeknownst to us, NATO forces were scrambling all over West Germany looking for us and trying to intercept us.
And we're all casual, taking a ****.

A couple of more photos worth sharing, if you haven't already seen them on FB
My section
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There was a Sgt. (don't remember if he was senior or regular). There were three senior soldiers/eifreiters, and two regular soldiers/ryadovii.
One of the eifreters was also head cook and BTR-40 driver. So he was a very busy soldat. Definitely someone you want to be best friends with.
Us other two eifrietors were assigned to mentor the ryadovii. I got comrade Han. But I also found time to mentor comrade Issac as well. I felt like a good comrade :grin:

This was our first combat mission. It wasn't supposed to be an actual combat mission!
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We were supposed to back-up the East German border guards who got into an exchange of bullets on the border. We were supposed to show up and create a show of force. Like, hey, look at us bad-asses here, you don't want to keep fighting with these little Germans! And look mean :twisted:
With our emphasis on show we placed a non-functional PKM where the machine gun would go. It wasn't really in place, just held there. We were still in peace time, so we only had two loaded magazines per soldat.
In the above photo, we just arrived at the edge of the East German airfield. We dismounted to both sides of the BTR-40. We were greeted by the pair of East Germans who weren't at the border already. There was also their captain, who was rightfully pissed off that his men were hit on the border, took command of us and ordered us to march onto the order, flanking the BTR-40 as it rolled forward. A brilliant way to waste our lives. Instead of marching behind the APC and use it as some sort of cover while crossing completely open terrain at an entrenched enemy, we were walking in the open. This was crazy. Marching forward, gun at the hip, just thinking how this is NOT recon! and I don't want to be here, I shouldn't be here for this, why aren't the Germans doing this instead of us?
This would have made some sense if this was a BTR-60 or BTR-70 or BTR-80, but not a BTR-40! This is madness! :spaz: We didn't have artillery hitting the enemy lines. We didn't have BMPs or BTRs with guns firing providing heavier fire support for us. No aviation. Just being led towards dug in enemies across open terrain with a vehicle that can't provide any support whatsoever. It's like the German captain wanted to kill us. Can't trust a god damn German! Ever!


Last edited by Mr.Spank on Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
More photos added.


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 Post subject: Re: Op: East Wind VI
PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:54 pm 
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More videos available from our missions

From my sections very first deployment in our БТР-40

I finally figured out how to post actual youtube videos in the forum! :cool:
Featuring a very not German sounding German

My section's second deployment in our БТР-40
I believe we were heading to the main border crossing to lay down the mine field.
Since Soviets were supposed to be on the East-West Berlin border, we had a mandatory East German escort.


Footage from that mine laying operation


From our vehicle recon mission, after blowing through a NATO ambush while still in East Germany


Then we took a breather inside West Germany

To pee on it! :banana:

Towards the end of that successful mission, our vehicle was put out of commission. See AAR about that. Afterwards our recon patrols inside West German were on foot. This is a clip of one such patrol

Just moments after this video clip was shot, we ran into an American patrol and suffered 80% casualties.
The patrol we ran into either suffered 100% casualties or exfil'd out of there double-time, because no one tried to get any intel off anyone, or even try to get the frequencies off of my radio, or even attempt to pursue our comrades that made it out alive. Those two comrades also managed to slip past British units sent to block their exfil.
The Americans that we ran into, called us into their HQ as East Germans :roll:
You can tell how similar we look like East Germans in our distinctly Soviet КЛМК right? :rofl2:


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 Post subject: Re: Op: East Wind VI
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 3:57 am 
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Some more photos have surfaced recently.
This is a just a sample. Nice to be in photos for a change!
You can see more on the Operation East Wind FB page.

Pre-deployment mission planning in the shtab. This is one of the rare events where I'm not tasked with leadership responsibilities, so I'm off to the side.
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The comrade on the left is wearing too many canteens, unnecessary extra mags, and an inappropriate type of Gorka top (no one else is wearing Gorka's in our section). He is an example of what to avoid looking like.

Technically the war hasn't started, but we have a downed Huey right on the East-West German border.
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There is real razor wire coils on the right.

Our East German provided motorpool. Excluding the BTR-40, which was transferred over to Soviet Forces in East Germany control.
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Our positions in the BTR-40
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Pointman sitting behind the driver. He acts as a lookout and aides in alerting the driver to hazards while he is maneuvering the vehicle.
The Sgt. is the other soldat sitting high. He is acting as the vehicle commander. I, the radio operator, sit in the middle on the left. The last two riflemen are in the rear. They are responsible for opening and closing the doors (we weren't doing jumping over the sides). Comrade Issak sat behind me and was responsible for switching the radio on and off, and re-setting it when necessary. His position in the BTR-40 worked perfectly to execute his responsibility while we were in the vehicle.

Action shot of us disembarking from the BTR-40
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Advancing on line with East German border guards towards the border. Across the border are combined force NATO group with cover of the built up Kolvil. While our advance towards the border is essentially open ground.
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Practically on the border, we stopped the line, temporarily. I don't remember if the crazy East German captain made us march closer to the border, provoking the NATO soldiers on the other side of the border, or if they lost their cool and opened fire which resulted in us dashing forward for cover.
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