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Royal Afghan Army

Post  Sean on Wed 26 Dec 2012, 6:29 am

Until 1973 Afghanistan was a constitutional monarchy, and hence had a royal army.
I can find little on the forces of Afghanistan so am starting this thread in the hope of getting some input from everyone.

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Re: Royal Afghan Army

Post  mohamedhossam on Tue 01 Jan 2013, 4:27 pm

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King Mohammad Zahir Shah (1914 - 2007 r. 1933 - 1973)
The cockade on his cap (above the badge) is triangular, similar to the rounder used by the Afghani Airforce 1967 -1979 [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Re: Royal Afghan Army

Post  mohamedhossam on Tue 01 Jan 2013, 4:29 pm

Zahir Shah in an earlier uniform [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]

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Zahir Shah in another uniform. (The development of Afghani uniforms appears to mirror that of Persia/Iran in the Pahlavi era)

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Re: Royal Afghan Army

Post  mohamedhossam on Tue 01 Jan 2013, 4:44 pm

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Afghani soldiers, and Zahir Shah, receiving Alexei Kosygin

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Mohammad Nadir Shah (1883 - 1933 r. 1929 - 1933) with some army officers

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a larger picture of Nadir Shah, you can see the Afghani royal coat of arms on his belt buckle, and on his shoulder cords
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The Afghani flag (1929 -1931)

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Re: Royal Afghan Army

Post  mohamedhossam on Tue 01 Jan 2013, 4:49 pm

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Afghani infantryman 1890, from wikipedia

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Afghani soldiers on parade, 1950s, again from wikipedia

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