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British military and tea

Post by South » 13 Apr 2019 19:11

Good afternoon all,

Per ...

A couple of good pictures, one displaying ration allowance. I did not see the gin or single malt Scotch bottles.

Note the "air raid sirens were a daily....I admit to having to look up the word; it means "funeral song".

Note terms "BV Commander", "Benghazi Burner".

Note slang term "Gunfire".


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Post by Aber » 14 Apr 2019 09:53

And if you weren't an Ally then your tea supply got cut:
On the verge of World War II, Irish citizens consumed more tea per head than anywhere else, apart from Britain. It came as a tremendous shock, therefore, when a very meagre tea ration was introduced in 1941. The British government, in that year, restricted exports to Ireland in an effort to punish the country for its neutrality. A tea ration was introduced in Ireland at one quarter the level it was provided to British citizens. ... 0-Sep2016/

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Post by Renner aus Schlesien » 12 Jul 2019 02:09

Barryfax wrote:
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Strange that you used the exact same wording, punctuation, and grammar.
I just wanted to put it out there.

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Post by Felix C » 12 Jul 2019 14:45

I reported him and nothing came of it.

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Post by LineDoggie » 14 Jul 2019 01:42

South wrote:
13 Apr 2019 19:11

Note slang term "Gunfire".

"Gunfire" is Black tea with Rum
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Post by Sheldrake » 14 Jul 2019 08:12

LineDoggie wrote:
14 Jul 2019 01:42
South wrote:
13 Apr 2019 19:11

Note slang term "Gunfire".

"Gunfire" is Black tea with Rum
Not in my regiment. NATO standard - white + 2 sugars plus rum or whisky. The Officers served it to the live in Gunners on Christmas day.
Gunfire is the old fire order for "Fire for Effect" (In my cold war days white no sugar was a Julie Andrews = white nun: Black no sugar occasionally a Whoopi Goldberg = Black nun.)

British Army WW2 composite ration tea came ready mixed with dried milk and sugar.
According the George Blackburn 4 RCA when boiling hot the this produced a strong sweat beverage, but when cooled developed an unpleasant skin. The trick to drink as the hottest bearable temperature.

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Post by Fatboy Coxy » 21 Aug 2019 18:09

Builders tea for me, strong brew with a little milk, and a biscuit on the side.....or two :D

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Post by Yuri » 02 Dec 2019 08:44

Guys, sorry for the naive question.
As is known in the USSR/Russia adopted the decimal system. However, until about the end of the 60 - ies of the last century in the USSR tea was sold in packages of 24; 48; 96, etc. grams.
That is, the weight of the tea package was a multiple of 12. At the same time, the weight of packages of other goods (such as, pepper, sugar, salt, flour, etc.) was a multiple of 10.
My uncle, a war veteran, explained it this way. During the war, Great Britain supplied lend-lease equipment for hanging tea. A British soldier is supposed to drink tea four times a day and one serving weighs 6 grams (half a dozen). The smallest package of 24 grams is the weight of tea put to a British soldier for one day.
Is it true or is it a soldier's myth?

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Post by Tucobenedito » 30 Sep 2020 10:55

When I worked in Germany in the early nineties I saw some of my fellow UK citizens fall apart because they could not get their gallon of tea in the morning. (We lived in portacabins on an industrial estate in Muhlheim for 2 weeks until we rented a flat)
Everyone in the UK starts the day with tea everyday of their lives. I was truly shocked how much it stressed people to be deprived of their morning tea. In conclusion we can say, if the U- Boats had concentrated on tea ships coming from India, we would all be speaking German and drinking lager as a breakfast beverage. Tea is the fuel on which the UK runs.

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Post by Terry Duncan » 11 Oct 2020 23:36

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