Soldier's Stash

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Your country did not prepare you for the level of violence you will meet on my battlefield!
The Soldier on the importance of preparations

The Soldier's Stash is a cosmetic item for the Soldier. It adds a black band around the Soldier's helmet, holding up a pack of cigarettes — the eponymous stash — as well as an ace of spades playing card.

Painted variants

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Single colors
Painted Soldier's Stash E6E6E6.png Painted Soldier's Stash D8BED8.png Painted Soldier's Stash C5AF91.png Painted Soldier's Stash 7E7E7E.png
An Extraordinary Abundance of Tinge Color No. 216-190-216 Peculiarly Drab Tincture Aged Moustache Grey
Painted Soldier's Stash 141414.png Painted Soldier's Stash 2D2D24.png Painted Soldier's Stash 694D3A.png Painted Soldier's Stash 7C6C57.png
A Distinctive Lack of Hue After Eight Radigan Conagher Brown Ye Olde Rustic Colour
Painted Soldier's Stash A57545.png Painted Soldier's Stash CF7336.png Painted Soldier's Stash E7B53B.png Painted Soldier's Stash F0E68C.png
Muskelmannbraun Mann Co. Orange Australium Gold The Color of a Gentlemann's Business Pants
Painted Soldier's Stash E9967A.png Painted Soldier's Stash FF69B4.png Painted Soldier's Stash 7D4071.png Painted Soldier's Stash 51384A.png
Dark Salmon Injustice Pink as Hell A Deep Commitment to Purple Noble Hatter's Violet
Painted Soldier's Stash 2F4F4F.png Painted Soldier's Stash 424F3B.png Painted Soldier's Stash 808000.png Painted Soldier's Stash 729E42.png
A Color Similar to Slate Zepheniah's Greed Drably Olive Indubitably Green
Painted Soldier's Stash 32CD32.png Painted Soldier's Stash BCDDB3.png
The Bitter Taste of Defeat and Lime A Mann's Mint
Team colors
Painted Soldier's Stash A89A8C.png Painted Soldier's Stash 839FA3.png Painted Soldier's Stash 3B1F23.png Painted Soldier's Stash 18233D.png
Waterlogged Lab Coat (RED) Waterlogged Lab Coat (BLU) Balaclavas Are Forever (RED) Balaclavas Are Forever (BLU)
Painted Soldier's Stash B8383B.png Painted Soldier's Stash 5885A2.png Painted Soldier's Stash 483838.png Painted Soldier's Stash 384248.png
Team Spirit (RED) Team Spirit (BLU) Operator's Overalls (RED) Operator's Overalls (BLU)
Painted Soldier's Stash 803020.png Painted Soldier's Stash 256D8D.png Painted Soldier's Stash 654740.png Painted Soldier's Stash 28394D.png
The Value of Teamwork (RED) The Value of Teamwork (BLU) An Air of Debonair (RED) An Air of Debonair (BLU)
Painted Soldier's Stash C36C2D.png Painted Soldier's Stash B88035.png RED Soldier's Stash.png BLU Soldier's Stash.png
Cream Spirit (RED) Cream Spirit (BLU) Unpainted (RED) Unpainted (BLU)

Update history

May 21, 2009 Patch (Sniper vs. Spy Update)

  • [Undocumented] The Soldier's Stash was added to the game.

September 30, 2010 Patch (Mann-Conomy Update)

  • This hat was made paintable.
  • [Undocumented] Added a community-contributed description for the Soldier's Stash.
  • [Undocumented] The Soldier's Stash can now be uncrated with Unusual quality.

December 2, 2010 Patch

  • Paint textures for the Soldier's Stash were improved.

January 25, 2013 [Item schema update]

  • The Soldier's Stash was removed from the item drop system and Mann Co. Store, and can no longer be uncrated with Unusual quality or crafted. Crates with the possibility to get the hat are unboxed in normal quality. [1]

March 5, 2014 Patch

  • Updated the Soldier's Stash's equip region.

April 1, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Updated the equip region.

August 21, 2014 Patch

  • Updated the equip_region for the Soldier's Stash.
  • [Undocumented] Updated the item type of the Soldier's Stash.

September 25, 2014 Patch

  • [Undocumented] Added the Limited attribute to the Soldier's Stash.

Notes

Trivia

  • The band was designed to hold a cloth camouflage cover to the helmet as well as foliage, in order to blend the helmet shape and color into the surrounding vegetation. In Vietnam, this band more commonly held cigarettes, as the Soldier does here, as well as insect repellent or an extra rifle magazine, as shown in the movie Full Metal Jacket.
  • In World War II, the soldiers of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the American 101st Airborne Division, the "Screaming Eagles" were marked with the spades symbol painted on the sides of their helmets. It was used to represent good luck due to its fortunate connotations in card playing.
  • The use of the card itself also comes from the use of "Death Cards" in the Vietnam War, where American soldiers, believing that the spades was a sign of ill-fortune in Vietnamese culture, would put Aces of Spades on the bodies of dead Vietnamese (sometimes even littering the cards on the battlefield) to psychologically demoralize the Viet Cong. Though the tactic had little effect on the Viet Cong themselves, it was a source of morale for American soldiers. Some soldiers wore it like the Soldier does in their helmet-bands, often as an anti-peace sign (Peace being another thing the Soldier deeply despises).