June 17, 2013
Stranger than fiction: this mask was a 2004 proposal that attempted to replicate the Vietnam War strategy of planting “death cards” on dead bodies, to play into Vietcong superstition.
It was suggested that if all American special operators in Afghanistan wore this high-impact plastic skull mask, they would gain a reputation as being “death incarnate” and become feared by famously superstitious Afghan population.
Unfortunately, the lack of peripheral vision the mask afforded put a damper on the plan. It was also, in the words of one disgusted operator “motherfuckin’ hot in there”.

Stranger than fiction: this mask was a 2004 proposal that attempted to replicate the Vietnam War strategy of planting “death cards” on dead bodies, to play into Vietcong superstition.

It was suggested that if all American special operators in Afghanistan wore this high-impact plastic skull mask, they would gain a reputation as being “death incarnate” and become feared by famously superstitious Afghan population.

Unfortunately, the lack of peripheral vision the mask afforded put a damper on the plan. It was also, in the words of one disgusted operator “motherfuckin’ hot in there”.

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    I’d like to see helmets with cheek plates and crests like ancient Mediterranean ones. Maybe we’ll look like a Roman...
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