Iraqi kit bag

Place Middle East: Iraq, Al Asad
Accession Number REL35806
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Canvas, Cotton, Metal
Maker Unknown
Place made Iraq
Date made Unknown
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Faded olive green tubular kit bag made from 100% cotton. A faded white tag on the inside of the kit bag is damaged and illegible. A small rounded edged square flap is attached to the inner top of the kit bag. The fastening tie for the top is missing. There are three black metal eyelets along the top of the kit bag and a fourth incomplete one has been improvised by cutting a hole through the cotton kit bag and hand sewing around the hole with dark brown thread. On the outside middle of the kit bag is a single triangular design with a number '2' in the middle and a single black dot within this number.

History / Summary

This Iraqi kit bag was found during a Sensitive Site Exploitation of Al Asad Air Force base by Task Force 64 (TF64) consisting of the Special Air Service Regiment (SASR), 4 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment Commando (4RAR CDO) and the Incident Response Regiment (IRR) element on 15 April 2003. The triangular motif on the outside of this kit bag is likely to be a Division tactical sign ('tac sign'). Units of the Saddam era Iraqi Army used an array of tactical signs to uniquely designate each unit.