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Friday, June 02, 2006

Tanks for the Memories

FLICKR user Defensor Fortis has published a photo set of American trucks in Iraq that have been converted by civilians into Mad Max-style rolling fortresses. Mother is the neccesity of invention, and the need to stay alive tends to bring out ones inner MacGyver. I'll bet that the good citizens of Atlanta wouldn't even blink if they passed one of these on the road. Too many Humvees tend to numb a person. Welcome to Thunderdome!



At 6/20/2006 06:11:00 PM, Blogger Prentiss Riddle said...

I wonder how these are similar to and different from the "technicals" used so successfully by local militias in Somalia. You may have seen them in the movie Black Hawk Down. It looks like these are made from full-sized trucks and SUVs, while I think the Somali ones were lighter trucks and unarmored.

Supposedly Saddam was impressed by the Somali "technicals" and put together a similarly equipped resistance force in preparation for the US invasion, but for whatever reason what worked in Somalia didn't work in Iraq.


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