While the US and Russia have yet to openly engage each other in modern combat (despite proxy conflicts and a tense Cold War that threatened to annihilate the entire planet), that doesn’t mean the respective sides don’t keep “war trophies.”
Such is the case with five US Marine Corps HMMWVs, which currently sit in Russia despite previous demands to return them to American soil.
The HMMWvs previously belonged to the 6th Communications Battalion detachment of the 4th Marine Logistics Group’s Military Police Company, and were awaiting departure from the nation (not state) of Georgia in the summer of 2018- right about the time the Russians invaded the country in an effort to “liberate” the self-proclaimed and pro-Russia nations of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
Now, Russia invading other places to create pro-Russia puppet states is nothing new. However, it’s worth noting that this particular invasion resulted in the USMC losing equipment that rightfully belongs to the US taxpayer.
According to a news release from the Independent in 2008, the HMMWVs were captured alongside with a shipping container loaded with “sensitive military communications equipment,” which was left behind in Georgia and awaiting shipment following a US-Georgian training exercise.
At the time, the US demanded the HMMWVs be returned, but they remain in Russian possession- considered “war trophies” in a conflict that has since been lost to recent memory, despite being less than a decade old.
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