“The repair area had a dirt floor, a workbench along the far wall, and an old overhead jib crane on a pedestal. One light bulb hung from a poorly insulated wire near the back of the room. Old parts and tractor carcasses were strewn about on the ground. In the center of the room was a broken down wooden shipping crate that looked as though it had initially contained tractor repair parts. It was covered with blood and urine, and in a heap lying next to it was Colonel Tom Menlo.”
I captured this image in March of 2007 somewhere in Iraq. Both genuine and “knock-off” Massey Fergusson tractors dot the countryside in the Middle East, with the majority of the “knock-offs’ coming into Iraq and Afghanistan from Iran.