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From The Archives: “Special Forces” The Big Picture 1962

“Distinguished motion picture, stage, and television star, Mr. Henry Fonda, is the host-narrator for this issue of THE BIG PICTURE – which turns its attention to the soldiers of the Special Forces.”

“From the rigorous, demanding training at the Special Warfare Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to an exciting Special Forces Training Mission high in the Bavarian Alps, THE BIG PICTURE audiences will find this release timely, entertaining and informative!”

The film looks in particular at the 10th Special Forces Group.  The 10th Special Forces Group is responsible for operations within the EUCOM area of responsibility, as part of the Special Operations Command, Europe (SOCEUR), as well as parts of Africa and the Middle East.  10th SFG was formed on 19 June 1952, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, under the command of Colonel Aaron Bank. The Group was split in 1953, with one half being sent to Germany, while the other half remained at Fort Bragg to form the core of the 77th Special Forces Group.

In 1968, the majority of the unit transferred to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, with the exception of 1st Battalion, which remained in Germany. Between 1994 and 1995, 10th SFG moved to Fort Carson, Colorado, which remains its current home.

10th Special Forces Group began training with unconventional warfare groups from friendly countries in the 1960s, beginning with NATO allies. The Group has also trained various components of the militaries of several Middle Eastern countries, including Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Iran, as well as Kurdish tribesmen. Units of the 10th SFG have participated in humanitarian missions to the Congo, Somalia, and Rwanda. 10th SFG was deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1991 during the First Persian Gulf War. The 10th SFG has been heavily involved in the War on Terrorism, deploying to Georgia, North, West, and Central Africa, Afghanistan, and to Iraq.

(Hat tip to former 10th SFG member Ken G. for alerting us to the video)

COMING SOON: Delta OL 3.0 Cold Weather Ensemble from UF PRO

UF PRO first designed and built a cold weather clothing system for a military customer 12 years ago.  Later on, they developed the first generation of their Delta OL system which was adopted by the German Special Forces.  I sure wish we’d had this gear when we did Arctic Warfare training in Alaska at -50 degrees…

Having a former German Army Mountain Soldier as their head of R&D and product development, and building on their successful track record of equipping European Special Forces, UF PRO are making quite a name for themselves in the cold and extreme cold weather clothing arena.  Have a look through their website and you’ll see that they have everything from very nice, and innovative, base-layers, through to mid-layers and outer garments.  I can personally attest to the quality and performance of their gear too.  I’ve been using several pieces of UF PRO’s cold weather gear for the past 3 years, and they’ve kept me warm and dry through the worst that New England winters can throw at me.

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Their latest outer garment is the Delta OL 3.0 cold weather suit.  It will be in stock on their website soon, but in the meantime they’ve provided an in-depth ‘sneak peek’.

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Friday Foto

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4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division Paratroopers walk to a rally point after an airborne training jump onto Malemute Drop Zone at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 3, 2016.

United States Air Force photo by Justin Connaher.

Ultralight All-Weather Uniform Set from BE-X Combat Gear

Under their professional milspec brand ‘FronTier One’, BE-X Combat Gear has released their new ultralight, windproof, water resistant, uniform set in PenCott® GreenZone® camouflage.

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All items in this set are made from genuine US MilSpec 50D polyester fabric with a durable water resistant finish – this is the exact same fabric used by the US Marine Corps for its snow camouflage over suit and by the US Air Force for its physical training shell suit.  The fabric is rugged, lightweight, windproof, water repellent and unbelieveably fast drying!

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Combining the fantastic properties of this fabric with the outstanding concealment performance of PenCott® GreenZone® camouflage, produces a set of clothing that will serve many purposes, all year round.

As part of the BE-X ‘FronTier One’ range, the full set includes;

  • Windproof Softshell Jacket
  • Windproof Softshell Trousers
  • Cold Weather Primaloft Anorak

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Product Video: Hurricane® chest-rig from Direct Action®

As its namesake was for the RAF during the Battle of Britain, the HURRICANE® chest rig is the workhorse of the DIRECT ACTION® line.

The HURRICANE® is a split front, full size, hybrid chest rig with fixed, integral magazine pouches for maximum weight reduction.  The HURRICANE® can be used in regular, stand-alone mode and can also be attached to the Direct Action® SPITFIRE® plate carrier with a separate attachment kit.

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Specs:

  • Proprietary laser-cut laminate, Cordura® 500D and softshell construction
  • Integrated, adjustable magazine pouches, will fit: 8 x AR type, 4 x AK type or 4 x SR type magazines
  • Fixed external pouches: two silent adjustable pouches, sealed zippered pouch and Velcro flap pouch for quick access items
  • Flat inner pockets in each chest panel
  • Low profile, adjustable harness with slots for PTT and additional accessories attachment
  • Reinforced drag handle incorporated into harness design
  • Body armor interface via buckles and additionally stabilized with Velcro adapters
  • Antenna / cable routing loops
  • 9 PALS slots on the sides for radio, medical or utility pockets, horizontal PALS slots under ammo pouches for tourniquets, pistol magazine pouches, etc.

The HURRICANE® Chest-Rig is in stock and available for purchase in the Direct Action online stores for  US / North & South America and Europe / Rest-of-the-World.

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The Hawker Hurricane was a single-seat fighter aircraft designed during the 1930s for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Largely overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire in the popular memory of the Battle of Britain, the Hurricane actually accounted for 60% of the RAF’s air victories in that battle.  Of all Hurricane squadrons in the RAF during the Battle of Britain, No. 303 (“Kościuszko”) Polish Fighter Squadron was the highest scoring.  During the duration of the Second World War, the RAF contained a total of 16 Polish fighter squadrons. 

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Polish 303 Squadron pilots in front of one of the squadron’s Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain, summer 1940.

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