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Monsoon SmallPac™ in PenCott-GreenZone™

Rain protection should be one of the essential parts of your gear. Now you can make sure you have a 100% reliable weather protection with you at all times – that also provides superb concealment capability.  UF PRO® has produced the first ever 100% waterproof suit in PenCott-GreenZone™!

The first waterproof rain suit in PenCott camouflage.

UF PRO® partnered up with a German high-tech laminating partner to deliver this lightweight, wind- and waterproof 2.5-layer laminate solution that will keep you dry in even the worst weather conditions.


The SmallPac™ requires very little packing space and can also be attached to the MOLLE system on your backpack, vest or plate carrier – for quick and easy access at any time.

SmallPac attached to gear Stowed away SmallPac Suit

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Monday Montage – Operation Market-Garden +70


Paratroopers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, observe the launch point of the historic World War II Waal River crossing, Sept. 16, during a staff ride in Nijmegen, Netherlands.  Paratroopers attended the staff ride, hosted by the Royal Netherlands Army, during the 70th commemoration of Operation Market Garden.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger)


WAAL CROSSING COMMEMORATED DURING MARKET GARDEN +70.  Paratroopers assigned to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division recreate the famous daylight crossing of the Waal River during the hard-fought conquest of the bridge at Nijmegen.

(Royal Netherlands Army photo)


World War II-era tanks roll past Paratroopers assigned to Company A, 2nd Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division on the John S. Thompson Bridge in Grave, Netherlands, Sept. 17, 2014, during a reenactment of the bridge assault undertaken by the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II during Operation Market Garden.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger)

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Friday Foto

Gran Sasso

On this date in 1943 (12 September), a crack unit of Luftwaffe Fallschirmjaeger – with a support team of WSS Commandos – swept down upon a barren mountain plateau in Italy and snatched deposed Italian dictator Benito Mussolini away to Berlin.

To read the most in-depth and accurate account yet published of this remarkable raid, be sure to pick up Osprey Publishing’s “Rescuing Mussolini: Gran Sasso 1943” by Robert Forczyk – you can read our review of this book here.


Who you gonna call? – Presenting the “Ghost” backpack from Direct Action

The “Daddy” of the Direct Action® line is the Ghost® 3-day backpack for both patrol and tactical missions.

10409039_271467346365850_2071288911462860306_nAlready receiving excellent reviews in the professional trade press, the “Ghost” features a 28-litre main pack, plus a removable 3.5-litre “Organizer Pouch” that can also be worn as butt-pack with the pack’s removable waist-belt and separate Y-straps.  The pouch can also be used in conjunction with any other MOLLE/PALS system.  When attached to the main pack, the space between the pouch and the pack can be used as a handy storage space for gear or as a helmet carrier.


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Avenging Angel: The Mighty A-10 Warthog!

Dedicated to the men and women of the USAF. The air and ground crews that served her, and those she protected below!


George Frideric Handel, 1738 – An oratorio on the grand scale with the chorus in Depleted Uranium Minor (click on the image)

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