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    Estonia is a small country (the green one) situated south of the Gulf of Finland, with a population of only 1.4 million. The finns in the north are their "brothers" while they share a very similar language and ancestors. The Estonian Defence Forces (and the other baltic ones) has been built up after their independence in the early 90īs with help from neighbouring countries, mainly Sweden and Finland that has more or less donated them their old equipment.


    Estonian conscripts on their arrival. Are learnt the basics of a formation
    immediately, (guess its universal, everyone who has been in the army
    must get backflashes by this )



    "You lazy sons of *****es, when you were still in your mamas belly I was killing commies, you useless
    piece of ****..." Oh I hope he doesnīt say that, because Finland and Sweden that has educated and
    trained their officers has tried to get a more democratic and more productive approach to it.



    Those conscripts running, with hm, old leftover russian gasmasks?


    Estonian soldiers during a amphibious landing/public display. They use a vide variety of assault rifles. Including swedish-supplied AK4
    (G3), bought Galils and of course these ever present Kalashnikovs of different types.



    Estonian soldiers with their standard issue uniform and camouflage pattern, and yes itīs a israeli combat belt


    Swedish-supplied Ksp 58b (FN-MAG), showing their nicer uniform as
    well.



    Danish-supplied MG62, and swedish-supplied snowsuits, iīve never
    understood why the swedish snowsuits are not white.



    Swedish-supplied 90 mm RCL, PV1110


    Finnish-supplied 105 mm howitzers. The Estonians lack a proper artillery
    field so they come to Finland and shoot with them



    Soldiers from Scoutspataljon, looks like US-supplied bodyarmour?


    Training with swedish-supplied BILL anti-tank missile. Swedish instructor as well




    British-supplied PLCE, and I think the helicopter is Latvian


    Winter clothes


    Honor guard with M-14īs


    Swedish-supplied m/37 steel helmet, one of them even has its three crowns still on it. And 1960īs swedish webbing...


    Finnish-supplied heated halfplatoon tent


    Swedish-supplied backpacks and sleeping matresses (and probably
    much of whatīs in them as well.)



    Backbone of the Estonian navy, german-supplied I think.


    Hansom sailors on their finnish-supplied patrol boat.


    Backbone of the Estonian Air Force? American Robinsons


    ... however they use civilian helicopters to train as well.

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    Nice Pics

    Oi Oi Oi!!! WTF does that Skinhead in the Army!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Rantanplan
    Nice Pics

    Oi Oi Oi!!! WTF does that Skinhead in the Army!!!

    http://www.mil.ee/merevagi/pildid/pi..._IMG.sized.jpg
    Making a man of him

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    Does somebody remember the Movie "The Wanderers" and the fat Skinhead that was so drunken that he joined the Marine Corps?

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    Nice pics...

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    Great pics! And great camo!

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    mustamato wrote

    British-supplied PLCE, and I think the helicopter is Latvian

    Helicopter is from Lithuania

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    Am I wrong or bulk of equipment is suplied by Finland & Sweeden??? It is nice that those countries and other as well help so much... there was a nice article in polish magasine about baltic countries armies they sems to cooperate very close (Estonia Latva and Lithuania) they even have comon oficer academy and comon air defence radar system AFAIK that means cooperation and all of this was before they were in NATO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmot1
    Am I wrong or bulk of equipment is suplied by Finland & Sweeden??? It is nice that those countries and other as well help so much... there was a nice article in polish magasine about baltic countries armies they sems to cooperate very close (Estonia Latva and Lithuania) they even have comon oficer academy and comon air defence radar system AFAIK that means cooperation and all of this was before they were in NATO
    Yes most of it is more or less donated from abroad. Usually the Estonians only have paid the transportation costs, and not always even that. During my army days (in Sweden) we had a couple of guys from Latvia and Lithuania in our company. They had already completed their military service in their countries and were officer cadets, and had moved to Sweden, learnt a little swedish and then they did their military service all over again, the only difference was that they didnīt have a swedish flag on their uniforms but their own.

    I think they stayed for about 6 months, then they moved on to swedish officer school. The whole point was that they should learn it the "western way" so that they could go back to their countries and teach out those methods, and not the old ineffective Sovietski-style. Our officers said that the first time the baltic soldiers came here they were surprised, because no one beat the **** out of them

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    Estonians of the first rotation



    Larger version: http://www.mil.ee/uudisepilt/926lasteaed.jpg


    Receiving medals after home-coming



    Estonians of the second rotation in their "new Iraq-camo".


    Larger version: http://www.mil.ee/uudisepilt/989IMG_7919.jpg


    Larger version: http://www.mil.ee/uudisepilt/989IMG_7943.jpg


    Larger version: http://www.mil.ee/uudisepilt/989IMG_7971.jpg

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    I dont beleive thats PLCE - it looks quite like it but its not it.

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    Interesting camo.

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    well new is nice but older one was nicer...

    http://media.militaryphotos.net/photos/album27

    and here on "our" forum is alse small album of 9 photos from iraq with estonians if you don't know...

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    Some more new pics from the Estonian Defence Forces:


    Nice combination, RPG and MG3














    Estonian pirate eeerh?






    First Estonian killed in Iraq arrives to Estonia...


    ... and his funeral


    Armed with Chinese Norincos


    ... and sailors with Galils




    Hm, what kind of weapon is this?








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    Some information for the school kids...


    LoOOoOoL


    Russia better not try invading Estonia, that girl could so easily whoop Permskiis ass


    The worlds most beautiful camo? Look at the right dudes boot, something
    they learned from the Swedes, so that they donīt get run over when marching
    on the roads at night





    Swedish grg m/84 (or was it 86, hmhm)


















    ... inspecting the damage done

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