17:00Hell’s Angels — Lithuanian Style: SoP Aitvaras
Lithuanian SoP Aitvaras soldiers are becoming living legends in Afghanistan.
Lithuanian Special Forces Squadron "Aitvaras" is working with allies in Afghanistan since 2002. Unlike many exUSSR country soldiers, Lithuanains are armed with newest assult weapons, equipment and wehicles. Aitvaras took part in operation "Enduring Freedom", where it performed special reconnaissance, terorists capture and elimination missions up to 2004. At the beggining they performed joint operations with legendary USA 82nd paratroops division. Later their skills and abilities were evaluated and Aitvaras started working with USA Special Forces. Aitvaras base is in Kandahar where they live together with TF232 (Task Force 232. This recently became famous when Wikileaks went public with secret documents from Afghanistan). Aitvaras responsibility zone is Zabul in Kandahar. Aitvaras soldiers many times were presented with highest army awards, there were few injuries and no casualties so far.
Why I made this post? read it and it will be clear soon!
Michael Yon is a veteran working in Afghanistan. This is 1 of his reports.
Michael Yon reports from Afghanistan. Near the end he mentions the unusual habits and bravery of Lithuanian troops:
U.S. and Afghan soldiers in Zabul Province give high marks to the Lithuanian Special Forces, who like to ride these captured Taliban motorbikes to sneak up on, and chase Taliban fighters. The “LithSof” are on their way to becoming living legends: Both Afghans and Americans report that the Taliban are afraid of the Lithuanians. Stories about them are filled with dangerous escapades and humor.
Americans say that the Lithuanians are sort of a weaponized version of Borat, who think nothing of sauntering around a base in nothing but flip-flops and underwear. “They look like mountain men. They never shave, sometimes don’t bathe, and often roll out the gate wearing nothing but body armor and weapons. Not even a t-shirt,” an American soldier told me. The Lithuanians may be a little bit nuts, but the Americans love to have them around because Lithuanians love to fight, and when you need backup, you can count on them. That contrasts starkly with many of the NATO “partners.” Maybe when your country spends almost a half-century with the Soviet boot on its neck, its first generation of free soldiers know what freedom is worth — and that you sometimes have to fight for it.
M.Yonas: "Pretty cool. I always wanted to go to Lithuanian. I've made it to Estonia and Latvia, but never Lithuania. Now I have my excuse. If you're ever there and you meet a soldier or veteran, buy him a beer".
Note: "They look like mountain men. They never shave". I posted this because it was my 1st thought after I saw this image:
16 Oct 2018 |
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