Young men would be picked up off the street and forced to fight in some cases. Because of the poor economic situation in the 90s many veterans and their families were not sufficiently taken care of both during and after the war. With the man gone fighting who would support families at home. At least large war memorials and cemeteries were built. I'm speaking about the Armenian side here but I would assume the situation was very similar in Azerbaijan.
It was also interesting to me while I was in Armenia that many ordinary Armenian people had never even been to the NKR, even though it is relatively close by. The territory of the fighting is very beautiful, It's easy to understand why it was so fierce-fully fought for.
I am not an Eastern Armenian, My family fled Turkey in 1915 during the Genocide so my experiences with Armenia Armenians is quite limited but even there it is known that Karabakhi Armenians are fiercly independent and not like anyother armenians. The rugged terrain makes it one of the most isolated regions of the world, Infact it was home of the last armenian feudal kingdom to survive absorption by the Seljuk turks.
Even religous clergy men took up arms to protect it....
Armenia's only SF unit is Spetsnaz? They belong to army?
Armenia has multiple SF units
Which include the police SWAT teams
National Security Service's Alpha team (pure CT operations) and recently disbanded Maroon Beret's (you can see them in this thread on a parade with a red arm patch with an eagle on it) they were also under NSS but had a wide role from behind the enemy lines operations to anti riot operations.
Then there is the military SpetsNaz, which Armenians call reconnaissance units
Nagorno Karabakh has tow special units in the military
one is recon (blue beret) the other is called special forces (black beret)
On a side note, were there numbers of Armenian-Americans who returned to Armenia around 1990ish in order to fight in volunteer units in Karabagh?
I love the pics of the Armenian soldiers, equipment, and landscapes. Keep up the wonderful pictures PLEASE!
Definatley a number of diasporan armenians went over to help.... The most famous field commander is Monte Melkonian who was California born and raised.... he never received a day of formal military training but with 4,000 troops under his command he was responsible for many of the victories...
He was a true soldier. He was against drug abuse, never drank when in uniform and often gave up his income to support staff such as military cooks.... He was killed under mysterious circumstances after he torched a Marijuana field belonging to the mafia.
I got a good stack of pictures still to come but there really isn't alot out other..... If you guys have anything to share, it would be much appreciated.
Maybe some of you russian servicemen who were stationed at the 302nd in Gyumri have some pics??
Note in the earlier pics the army base has S-300V with them.
S-300 is an amazing peice of equipment.... Im glad that it is protecting Armenian Air space.... I wouldn't be suprised if there were a couple systems in Karabakh but theres no way to be positive....
Kind of like our situation with Nukes...
The second greatest number of soviet scientists after the Russians were Armenians, plus we have a nuclear reactor so there possibility is definatley there. Now, whether we have the means to deliver it is an entirely different question.
What type of missiles are those on the MiG's? They look serious, are they good?
Hello , i have been searching for such a thread in MP.net for long time , thanks a million , i do have some photos of Armenian Military but do not know how to post them , a little help would be appreciated , Thanks.
Great topic! I have question about uniforms & camo (my kind of hobby) I see on photos at least two types of camo one is Woodland style and second in Russian Tigr/French Lizard, are both being used at the same time or one was used in army after another?