On Tuesday, Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, received the prestigious Dickin Medal, the highest military decoration awarded for valor in the UK. She’s the first American K9 to receive it. While serving, she led over 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and found over 40 explosives. She lost her leg when an IED detonated as she was searching for weapons. Thank you for your sacrifice, Lucca.
While the emotional repercussions of war aren’t easy to measure, the
before, during, and after pictures of soldiers who have seen combat tell
a pretty unsettling story. There’s something mesmerizing about these
photographs, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. Photographer Lalage
Snow has captured something really interesting.
Mosin Nagant M44 still in use in Afghanistan, alongside AK’s and other Com-Bloc firearms. The M44 is the carbine version of the M91/30 but it has an integrated side-folding spike bayonet. Since it uses the 7.62x54R cartridge, there really isn’t a logistical ammo issue since the PKM is widespread and commonly seen in the Middle East. (GRH)
AFGHANISTAN. Nangarhar Province. Jalalabad. 2001. In the intense therapy department. The child is a victim of an American strike that mistakenly killed 153 people in a village near the Tora Bora Mountains.