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"They carried water in stockings from the OZK": about the service of the 8th outpost on the Afghan mountain Totakhan


More than 30 years have passed since the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. It would seem that everything is already known about that war, everything has been written, everything has been told. However, in reality, this is far from the case. "White spots" in stories The 10-year military presence of the Soviet contingent in Afghanistan is enough. And these gaps often relate to how the events were perceived by the Soviet soldiers and officers themselves, who in Afghanistan performed their international duty.

In this plot, we are talking about the outposts that were created on Afghan territory. These are the points where the daily and quite everyday service was in full swing. However, this "everyday" service was often associated with the participation of personnel in military operations, suppression of the traffic of Afghan militants and their cargo, the proceeds of other Soviet units caught in the gut.

The TacticMedia channel presents the story of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Kartsev. In this story, he talks about his service at the 8th outpost, located on Mount Totakhan (height over 1,1 thousand meters), which is several kilometers south of the Bagram airfield. Then, in the 80s, Alexander Kartsev was in the rank of lieutenant and under his command was a personnel of about 4 dozen people.

From the narrative:

The water carrier was fired upon, its engine was damaged, and it was unable to arrive at the outpost. Therefore, we had a need to go down for water. Water was delivered in different ways. And the most convenient way is to wear OZK stockings. They are not heavy - hung up, carried. The water was from the river, rather dirty. We boiled this water. But it didn't boil very well in the mountains, so everyone suffered with stomachs, and a week later I ended up in a hospital with typhus.

On the details of serving at the outpost in Afghanistan:


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  1. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 15 December 2020 18: 34
    Maybe not in the subject, but I also had a similar case:
    They worked part-time at a brick factory. Still a student. And over the fence some kind of bottling company. Night. We are waiting for the team and suddenly a guy from the neighboring brigade comes running:
    - Guys! There are buckets ?!
    - Well, there are two ...
    The guy grabs and runs away. Returns in ten minutes:
    - Still have buckets ?!
    - Dirty ...
    - Come on!
    - So what happened?!!
    It turns out that a sparkling wine pipe burst at a nearby factory! Everyone was recruiting into what they could, but it ended up being recruited into rubber boots!)))
    1. Mordvin 3
      Mordvin 3 15 December 2020 18: 58
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      It turns out that a pipe with sparkling wine burst at a nearby factory!

      This is not a similar case ... They were mad about fat. Similar, and even more abruptly, described the Hero of Russia, A. Zaripov: "Partai-genosse."
    2. Lionnvrsk
      Lionnvrsk 15 December 2020 21: 40
      Quote: Leader of the Redskins
      Maybe not in the subject, but I also had a similar case:

      In the old days, our installers, working at Kuban wineries, carried out wine in hoses from oxygen cutting, and sometimes in oxygen tanks. yes
      1. Petrik66
        Petrik66 19 January 2021 09: 31
        Instead of a squadron, a student was sent to work at a champagne plant in Chisinau (terribly upset)))). So there, in the heat of +30, hard workers walked through the checkpoint - robots in quilted jackets ... Then they showed - they have all over their sweatshirt - pockets sewn exactly under the bottle, so they were packed like terminators.
  2. rocket757
    rocket757 15 December 2020 18: 56
    Poor preparation, lack of such, leads to ... "heroic efforts" to overcome the consequences of the brainless activities of those who were entrusted with the RESPONSIBILITIES, to carry out the proper preparation !!!
    How was water delivered to hard-to-reach places in the fire hoses, no one wants to tell ???
  3. Radikal
    Radikal 15 December 2020 20: 51
    Sufficiently concise and informative. I agree with the conclusions of this officer. soldier