That's true, but the effects of having the Russians in your country for 10 years was a pretty big reason as to why they acted like bastards afterwards. Not to mention all the funding for the projects Afghanistan was receiving before the Soviets invaded stopping and leaving the country with virtually no infrastructure.
It was an ally piece of gear in its day. The Chinese Army pre WW II used the Stalhelm as did the Chileans.
I don't know what to make of this picture of a capitalistic Cadillac whizzing along the minister of the Fourth Reich on some important mission however. As this photo was made years ago during the happy days of the 1960s I can't imagine what would have brought the German minister to such a backward country. It's not like the Afghans had any raw materials worth having (at least not that we knew of in the 1960s) that the West wanted. And anyway, Hemann had barely recovered from the shoeing he had received in the late unpleasantness of 1939-45 and he would not be likely to stick his head above the parapet for some time afterwards. The cheek of the Russians to call the FRG "the Fourth Reich"; I'm willing to bet that even to themselves the ministers in Bonn didn't call their country the Fourth Reich!
I'd add that after the last Russian tank pulled back into Dagestan, did we, the West, say, "Yahoo, the commies are out. Now we will repay the Muj for their courage by giving them every financial and consulting assistance we can and help them build a modern, multi-party (multi-tribal?) democracy?"
If we had, then Afghanistan today might be South Korea.
No, we took our eyes off the ball as in, "Ah well, job done. No need to worry about Afghanistan anymore, they are of no strategic interest to us."
Meanwhile, Muj from as far afield as Chechnya and the Southern Philippines had drawn from their experience not what "we" might have wanted them to - ie "Let's all be liberal democrats with educated wimmen and free markets that will deliver us coloured TVs, canned beer and flush toilets" - but instead maintained their networks. Those networks, being funded by Saudi religious money and preached to by hardcore Mullahs, began to see The West as being equally as Godless as The Commies, and - hey presto - morphed into AQ.
That correct what is PB or is it now a FOB Shazad in CF Nad (N) was the HQ for the American - Afghan Construction Company until they left in the mid 70s. I have some pictures that I took during H10 of all the old disused plant that they left behind. If I wasn't such an IT mong I would have attached a few pictures for your pleasure.
Only evidence i saw of it was an old Yank Crane that must have gave up the ghost at Showal on the junction near PB Khaamar on H13 (never got as far a Shazad)........so yes pics of "Back in the day" would be grand.......pity all the cash that was spent, and ended up helping the poppy crop.