Wednesday, July 30, 2008

173rd Airborne Brigade in Iraq, 2003

Leading the war on terror from the front, the fine soldiers of the USA. In 2003, about 1,000 paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade parachuted into Kurdish-held territory in northern Iraq. BBI released this 173rd Airborne trooper "SGT Jerry Ellis" in late 2003 (You had an option of kitting him out as a 101st or 173rd Airborne trooper - I chose the latter). I switched his BDUs and helmet with Dragon's because BBI's BDU was quite figure hugging and the helmet looked too small to fit his head nicely. I also added the ALICE pack, secured in front for quick release when approaching the ground.

The modern paratrooper, not very different from those of World War II except he has his SPEAR BAS (Body Armor Subsystem) with interchangeable upgrade plates

Stand up, hook up, shuffle to the door... (brings backs memories of my airborne days in the army)

Lurve the gloves on this figure

His T10C Static Line Main Parachute with his reserve chute in front, hasn't really changed much since World War II

Fully loaded and ready to drop in and pay Saddam a visit

Nice figure from BBI

Armed with his M4 carbine and M9 pistol, secured tightly for the drop

His knee pads and ankle braces - one of the best things to be introduced coz the fear is not in the jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft but landing wrongly on your ankles and not being able to complete the airborne course which you worked so hard to get in.


173dParatrooper said...

Nice figure,

I would see if you can find a 1950 weapons case. That is what we used to jump our weapons in we did secure them like that. And we didn't use ankle braces that has pretty much been a school thing. Otherwise it looks great.

@lex Gen X 1:6 Hardcore said...

Thanks 173dparatrooper - WOW!! Comments from the man himself - I'll now go hunting for a 1950 weapons case to complete the look. Thanks for clearing up about the ankle braces too - GREAT job and keep up the good work that you guys are doing. The world really appreciates that you guys are helping to make it a better place :) GOD bless!!

Anonymous said...

We also didn't jump in with our body armor on. This would have been stored. Awesome Look! leaders wore a green tape around the right shoulder. Where can I purchase this !!!!!

@lex Gen X 1:6 Hardcore said...

Thanks for the heads up Adrian A. :) very much appreciated. BBI's "SGT Jerry Ellis" came out some time back and might be available on e-bay if someone decides to put theirs for sale. Sorry I only have one and can't pass it up.