What the government gives British soldiers is usually rubbish and there are lots of things that they don’t give us which the just expect us to have. To be fair it was ever thus.
Because British soldier habitually go to war under equipped they borrow (or steal) equipment from their allies. We are known throughout NATO as “the Borrowers”. Ahhhhh such a proud military tradition.
Bungees, waterproof note books, highlighter pens, wax pencils, map cases, woolly hats, tent pegs, etc, etc, etc. These may seem like trivial items but actually as any soldier will tell you, you cannot do your job properly without these.
A soldier cannot do their job at all without bullets. To hear that the government sent 3Para to Hulmund with duff ammo fills me with anger. When John Reid (Labour leadership hopeful) said that the Paras could do their job without firing a single bullet, did he know something that we are only just finding out about?
Here is the footage of the duff 50Cal ammo. The incident is 2min 20seconds in.
By the way, if you have ever had to cock a 50Cal you will know just how hard this young soldier is working.