Operators Operating Operationally.

This is a military blog that features pictures and videos of weapons, vehicles, and the individuals who use them on a daily basis.
I find a portion of these pictures from military_armies. Thanks to him for letting me use so many of his great photos.
Enjoy.

Two pissed off and concentrated Finns throw high explosive ordnance towards advancing Russians during the Winter War.

Two pissed off and concentrated Finns throw high explosive ordnance towards advancing Russians during the Winter War.

Technicals.

With the term originating in the 1990’s during the United States occupation of Somalia for local fighters paid with “Technical assistance grants” to protect personnel, “Technicals” has expanded to just about any truck full of armed personnel.

Technicals, a ubiquitous sight in middle eastern countries, are typically described as armed pick up trucks, sporting anything from recoiless rifles to machine guns. Many hi-speed-lo-drag operator types argue that these vehicles are the best way to operate in urban environments, as many vehicles can be armored subtly to keep a “gray man” dynamic, and can operate both on and offroad.

"The Maple Syrup Thief apprehended"
A joint-op military exercise between Canada and the United States during OP Northern Strike shows an imposed HVT Captured by American armed forces.

"The Maple Syrup Thief apprehended"

A joint-op military exercise between Canada and the United States during OP Northern Strike shows an imposed HVT Captured by American armed forces.

Can you hear me now? How about now?”

In a multinational joint strike exercise, known as “Northern strike” held in Michigan, USA. Pictured is a Senior Airman from the 148th Air Support Operation Squadron.

Canadian Riflemen in Kabul during OP Athena

Canadian Riflemen in Kabul during OP Athena

Russian soldier with AK-74 in a trench, presumably feeding himself.
All dem attachments though.

Russian soldier with AK-74 in a trench, presumably feeding himself.

All dem attachments though.

Netherlands soldiers wearing the “Chocolate Chip” Desert pattern of yesteryear.

Netherlands soldiers wearing the “Chocolate Chip” Desert pattern of yesteryear.

A Soviet AT-3 Sagger crew stands at attention.
The man standing to the left holds the launching platform, with the two men to his right carrying the NATO designated AT-3 rockets on their backs in their protective cases.

A Soviet AT-3 Sagger crew stands at attention.

The man standing to the left holds the launching platform, with the two men to his right carrying the NATO designated AT-3 rockets on their backs in their protective cases.

North Korean Anti-Tank teams practicing with 9K11 Malyutka (NATO Designation AT-3 “Sagger”) munitions.

North Korean Anti-Tank teams practicing with 9K11 Malyutka (NATO Designation AT-3 “Sagger”) munitions.

Those same Hungarian SF guys taking supposedly coordinated shots on different targets.

Those same Hungarian SF guys taking supposedly coordinated shots on different targets.

Welcome to the suck.

US Aircrew sitting inside of what looks to be an H-19 posing with his M2 Carbine.

US Aircrew sitting inside of what looks to be an H-19 posing with his M2 Carbine.

US Armed Forces gather outside of a crashed CH-34, presumably they were the cargo.

US Armed Forces gather outside of a crashed CH-34, presumably they were the cargo.

Rhodesians and their use of the Alouette III.

The Aerospatiale Alouette III was initially designed as a Light Utility helicopter by the French Military. With a crew of two, and seating for five additional passengers, the Rhodesians had seen this helicopter as a workhorse aircraft that would be used to provide CAS, Aerial Observation, and MEDEVAC, while also doubling as mobile command posts. They would fit these aircraft into their venerable “Fire Force” roles, where Alouette III’s from the No. 7 Squadron would drop in RLI fire teams before guiding them to their targets when airborne again, often providing CAS during their orbits around the AO.

Running the course.

MSOC Initiates run the ITC (Individualized Training Course) during the field exercise “Raider Spirit” which is an eight day event that makes up the first phase of ITC Training. In this exercise, students run light-infantry scenarios in teams. During the exercise, the students will be forced to tackle many challenges with little sleep and very long foot patrols.