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The Soldier's Stash is a cosmetic item for the Soldier. It adds a paintable 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.
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- [Undocumented] The Soldier's Stash was added to the game.
- 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.
- Paint textures for the Soldier's Stash were improved.
- 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.
- Updated the Soldier's Stash's equip region.
- [Undocumented] Updated the equip region.
- Updated the
equip_regionfor the Soldier's Stash.
- [Undocumented] Updated the item type of the Soldier's Stash.
- [Undocumented] Added the Limited attribute to the Soldier's Stash.
- 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).