This photo has been floating around the internet for the past year, without any real back story of what actually happened. Funker Tactical has recently come across some new information that sheds some light on what may have caused this oddly shaped wound.
This injury was sustained in 2008 during the Russia – Georgia War in Ossetia. This soldier was part of the МИРОТВОРЧЕСКИЕ СИЛЫ (Peacekeepers unit). Their outpost was attacked by Georgians with heavy artillery fire and tanks.
The reason that this photo has become so popular is the pattern of the wound. We have found 2 conflicting sources, with one saying it was from an AK74 type rifle firing a 5.54 round which (1) Entered the throat and (2) Exited the throat. After exiting the throat the projectile was travelling downward diagonally left to right, making 3 centimeters of penetration which was enough to cause a tumble of this 5.45 projectile. (3) This is what caused the impressive “glaze” at re-entry. Another source is stating that this wound was caused by artillery shrapnel during the shelling of their base.
Do you guys think this was all caused by a single 5.45 bullet, shrapnel, or something else? Discuss below.