This February it is 30 years since Soviet Union withdrawed their forces from Afghanistan after almost 10 year military presence and engaging in active war in this country. Many Russian soldiers died there, many were wounded, and many still to this day meet in February to remember their friends and their life in this Southern place. Here are some photos to remember how it all was back then.
Kabul – capital of Afghanistan, Russia supplied them with electric trolleybuses in 1979.
Kabul, Soviet army blocked traffic in 1980.
Soviet mortar squad changing position.
Afghan citizens flee from war across the mountains.
Soviet crashed Mi-8 helicopter and mujahideens – opposing Islam force in Afghanistan.
Soviet soldiers captured by mujahideen. 1981
Soviet supply train going to Afghanistan from USSR.
Soviet forces in Afghanistan
Soviet tactical dog
Mi 8 helicopter with Afghanistan huge statues on the background. Later Taliban probably destroyed those statues.
Mi-24 helicopters escorting a Russian envoy
Military parade supporting Afghanistan revolution 5 anniversary in Kabul Afghanistan in 1983
US president Reagan meeting Mujaheedin in White House. One of their leaders was also Osama Bin Laden.
Mi-26 delivered a BTR to position.
Afghanistan, school in Kabul Afghanistan
Soviet helicopters in Afghanistan
Mujaheedin and their leader Ahmad Shah Massoud. Was a ministry of Defense of Afghanistan and in 1990s (after Soviet withdrawal). Killed in 2001.
Soviet soldiers in Afghanistan
Attack on Russian convoy on the road in Afghanistan, real combat.
Young Islam warrior
Mujaheedin carry disassembled Soviet DSHK machine gun to the mountains.
Them mining a road after briefing probably
Two opposing forces. Number one
And number two.
Landing operation from Mi-8 copters.
Soviet scout with a trophy foreign rifle.
Islam anti air force in Afghanistan
Village totally destroyed during battle between USSR/Islam mujaheedin.
Soviet soldiers smoke near airport in Kabul
Five Russian soldiers who defected from the army and got captured, later released and arrived to Canada, making a press conference.
A Mujaheedin with American “Stinger” rocket – one shot one million dollars, but very effective against Soviet airforce as it is self guided – follows the thermal trace of the aircraft.
Soviet soldiers on positions
Soviet Spetznaz and first trophy “Stingers”
Soviet burned vehicles
Su-25 airplane after hit by “Stinger” rocket.
Soviet “Pinochion” canon could should multiple rockets at once
May 1988 – some Soviet troops already returning home
US congressman Charles Willson shooting trophy Soviet machine gun in Afghanistan 1988.
Afghanistan mujaheedin with a plastic bag from grocery store from… FINLAND!
“Bye Bye Afghanistan”
“I am home, Mama”
But some could never do it.