[kl-bogel] The legendary AK-47

This machine was designed by young designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, which passed the Great Patriotic War soldiers. AK-47 became a famous weapon and a symbol of military operations around the world.

(13 photos)

1. Prague, 1968
Prague Spring - a time of political and cultural liberalization in Czechoslovakia from January 5 to August 20, 1968, ended the introduction to the country of the troops of the Warsaw Pact. Soviet soldiers were armed with AK-47.

2. 1979. Zagros Mountains, northern Iraq.
Sketch of the Kalashnikov assault rifle won the National competition of machine design, which was conducted in 1947 (so it has the figure 47 in the title), and two years later began mass production machine. During the Cold War began to spread of weapons and technology innovations of the USSR in nearly 20 areas of influence, including Iraq. In the photo: Kurdish girl in northern Iraq with a gun protecting his family from an attack of Iraqi military.

3. 1973. Brook Wounded Knee, South Dakota, USA.
Are of high quality, machine continues to function even if they pull out of the mud. Over 10 countries have started to make copies of the automaton, so that these weapons began appearing in the world. In the photo: a member of the American-Indian tribe waving an AK-47 during the Battle of Wounded Knee creek ¬-the last major armed clash between the Sioux Indians Dakota and the U.S. Army, and one of the last battles of the Indian wars.

4. 1980. Abadan, Iran.
Over time, Bulgaria - once one of the main suppliers of weapons in the USSR, became important centers for the unscrupulous trade in arms. During the Iran-Iraq war, which killed nearly half a million people, Bulgaria held the sale of AK-47 to both sides. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Bulgaria is engaged in selling machines to the rebels in Congo, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Imam in Sri Lanka and Hutu soldiers, the efforts which had been carried out genocide in Rwanda.

5. 1981. Western Cambodia.
The girl from the detachment of the Khmer Rouge into the jungle with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. At the end of the 1970's the actions of the radical Marxist movement goodbye to the life of more than 1.5 million Cambodians.

6. 1989. Bucharest, Romania.
This member of the anti-communist movement, with an AK-47 seeks members of the secret police during the overthrow of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, the communist.

7. 1984. Solentiname. Nicaragua.
Armed with machine guns woman and child during the exercises, which were socialist local defense forces, and were sent to fight the counter-revolutionaries trying to overthrow the leftist government with U.S. support.

8. 1992. Kabul.
For many years the U.S. has been one of the main buyers of the AK-47, or at least similar to their machines. In the 80's the U.S. made the supply of used Chinese and Egyptian Kalashnikovs anti-Soviet fighters in Afghanistan. In the photograph: Muslim Shiite guards a checkpoint in Kabul.

9. 2002. Izhevsk. Russia,
Along with the fact that the producers of AK-47 are proud that America is so loved this machine, even went to piracy, they are very unhappy with the fact of mass illegal production of the legendary machine, which adversely affected their income. Pirated copies distributed by the United States four times cheaper than the cost of the original, are a tangible threat to goods of the Russian arms manufacturers. Thus, the number of workers at a factory in Izhevsk (pictured) from 1991 to date decreased from 12 000 to 7,000 people. According to analysts' estimates of world income from the sale of AK-47 ranges from 70 to 105 million dollars.

10. 2009. Hamer village. Ethiopia.
Efiopets demonstrates AK-47.

11. 2004. Basra. Iraq.
From 2003 to 2006, the U.S. was thrown into the black market for Iraqi security forces more than 165,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles. The nature of price changes is clearly reflected in the recent situation on the black market of weapons in Iraq. Weapons prices have fallen sharply due to the fact that after the invasion of the country when Saddam Hussein's soldiers laid down their arms, and looters ransacked armories. Prices soared again in the summer of 2003, after the launch of numerous arms buyers: from the recently released on the freedom of criminals to the Sunni insurgents and Shiite military. In the photograph: guarding the central Sunni mosque where Friday prayer is an armed member of the Army Muqtada al-Sadr, Mahdi.

12. 2008. Bar Qambar Khel. Pakistan
Jump out of the truck Pakistani Taliban near the border with Afghanistan. Once the leader of Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omar, called U.S. President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair to a duel on the AK-47. Currently, the U.S. again deliver counterfeit machines Afghan war, this time - for the fight against al-Qaida and the Taliban.

13. 2009. Dhushamareb. Somalia.
Sufi Muslims during a religious studies. Sufis in Somalia are usually peaceful and tolerant, but recently took up arms to protect themselves from attacks by the Islamist group al-Shabab, which is trying to seize power in the southern areas of the country. Currently, they protect the center of the country, taking advantage of growing support, and prevent any attempt to intrude on their territory.

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