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Old 01-05-2008, 06:19 PM   #1
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Applied phaleristics - The Kingdom

Please take alook at this picture of a Saudi colonel (actor Ashraf Barhom).

Take a close look at his ribbon bar - what a joke!

He has a Soviet ribbon...

And the WW2 UK Africa Star...

Also note the Liberation of Kuwait medal, from Kuwait, but not the Saudi Arabian medal...
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Old 01-05-2008, 06:52 PM   #2
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Maybe he's a well-travelled mercenary?
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:08 PM   #3
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And a very old one mercenary, with the Queen's South Africa Medal. He has aged well.

Three British medals (one Afro-British, with the Africa Star backwards), one Polish, and one Soviet.

We could all make good money serving as advisors in the place of the idiots they seem to hire for movies!
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:44 PM   #4
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Oh, and speaking of "Applied phaleristics", I wonder how bad 'Charlie Wilson's War' is gonna be.
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:32 PM   #5
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Oh, and speaking of "Applied phaleristics", I wonder how bad 'Charlie Wilson's War' is gonna be.
Pakistani generals w/ soviet ribbons?
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Old 01-06-2008, 12:25 AM   #6
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I didn't pay very close attention to the ribbons, but the movie is great. A must see
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Old 01-06-2008, 01:27 AM   #7
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I didn't pay very close attention to the ribbons, but the movie is great. A must see
Tom is right, it is a very entertaining movie. I did not notice a lot of errors like above but then again I do not look to hard. Thanks Clete
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Old 01-06-2008, 03:11 AM   #8
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Can't find any stills on the web, but the movie "Firefox" has what must be one of the silliest use of awards in Hollywood history. Fitting, seeing how silly the movie is.

In it a Soviet "General" (or some officer) enters the scene. He's wearing a HSU star. Interesting. A bit later his superior enters, and he's wearing two HSU stars. After that the head honcho officer enters and, you guessed it, he's wearing *three* HSU stars. IIRC there is a scene with a total of *six* HSU orders in the same shot.
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:37 AM   #9
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Sorry guys, but this thread is out of topic here... there is none Soviet award on this bar...

The third ribbon on the first line is the French "Croix du Combattant Volontaire". See attached.

But, I agree, still in non-sense world...

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Liberation of Kuwait...

Tal's note on the dude wearing the incorrect LibKuwait is, for me, the most amusing. I've got both from '91 on my uniform (as do another half million guys like me), and I have been back to Kuwait about a dozen times in the past decade along with a trip back to Saudi in '03. You see just about every Kuwaiti cop and soldier over a certain age wearing theirs, and most of the Saudi military wearing theirs. But... I've never seen them cross that boundary, so to speak. We pick up on the foreign ribbons, but I wonder what the viewing Saudis will think about so basic a mistake on their own campaign award.
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