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Post by Bilbobaggins Sun Nov 12, 2023 11:27 am

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Post by burlingtonboaby Sun Nov 12, 2023 1:21 pm

Similar to our compo rations BB, all you need is a wee half.
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Post by IanH Sun Nov 12, 2023 2:01 pm

confused3 scratch head
What's compo rations????
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Post by Bilbobaggins Sun Nov 12, 2023 2:19 pm

That's Christmas dinner sorted Fb_img11

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Post by burlingtonboaby Sun Nov 12, 2023 2:39 pm

IanH wrote:confused3 scratch head
What's compo rations????
British Army Composite rations Ian didn’t you have them in your mob  scratch head .  Very tasty stuff to,back in the day.
Replaced by meals ready to eat MRE , my son brought some home, didn’t like them.
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Post by IanH Sun Nov 12, 2023 4:23 pm

Remember carrying them as freight in the Hercules, that was written on the boxes!

Always wondered what they were for!!!

Recently there was a survey throughout the military...it was to see attitudes to using tents for accomodation...

Army guys came back all positive, great! no need to sleep under a hedge....

Navy guy also positive, more room that I have on my torpedo which I share with 2 others, but we'd have problems knocking the nails into the steel decks....

RAF guy phoned reception, angry,, said who the BH has put up a tent in my hotel room??!!! hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins

Sorry, just in a wind up mood today!! I too have survived on Compo. Liked the sausages in the tin filled with sausages and lard...
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Post by Rocky Sun Nov 12, 2023 5:05 pm

burlingtonboaby wrote:
British Army Composite rations Ian didn’t you have them in your mob  scratch head .  Very tasty stuff 

My favourite   hugegrins   up!

That's Christmas dinner sorted Bacon_10
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Post by Monty-Plym Sun Nov 12, 2023 5:20 pm

Luxury, we used to have 24hr Rat Packs, came in small waxed cardboard boxes about half the size of a shoebox, they included the can opener shown above and the bacon grill which was compressed mechanically recovered pork, oat biscuit which could be made into a porridge and three sheets of Pusser's best shiny non absorbent toilet paper.  There were 4 different boxes labelled A to D, I remember one was far superior to the others.

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Post by Rocky Sun Nov 12, 2023 5:32 pm

Monty-Plym wrote:.... and three sheets of Pusser's best shiny non absorbent toilet paper.  

And don't forget the 'teeth breaking' chocolate that you needed to break up with a rifle butt first.   all lovedup 

Talking of toilet paper, we were issued with rolls that had 'GOVERNMENT PROPERTY' on every sheet.  It was the butt (sorry) of many jokes about having to launder it and send it back to the beancounters!   lol4
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Post by Dave 418 Sun Nov 12, 2023 5:56 pm

From my days living on Compo rations you should read what it said on the lid before putting the tins in the boiling vessel. Chocolate and sweets are not meant to be served warmed.
During a night time re supply including rations a joker gave us chicken supreme and rice for five days.
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Post by IanH Sun Nov 12, 2023 6:34 pm

To continue with Compo sausages....

After a few years of reliable service, the RAF Hercules was deemed safe enough to transport nuclear weapons.

A friend was on this one, not me...

Landed at the nuke base and immediately all manner of security and all other things surrounded the aircraft, loading took ages, police everywhere, guns etc, you can imagine it. All the crew wanted was just to get the thing airborne away from all this bothersome cr8p.

Crew of 5 was joined by a worried looking scientist carrying a large thermometer with a big scale, mostly in red with a wee green bit in the middle.

Eventually, to the crew's relief they got airborne, a very long day of loading etc, now just a short flight to the destination..

The loadmaster piped up and asked, "anyone fancy a sausage sarni? "  no doubts there everyone did, even the worried scientist.

Flight continued and about 1/2 hr later there was this truly enormous BANG! Really loud...

Scientist close to heart attack, rest of crew finally realising they weren't dead...yet.

Loadmaster had put the compo sausages in their can into the a/c oven, but forgot to pierce the lid!!!!

The oven door was eventually found lodged into the ramp at the back of the a/c!!!

Clean underwear required all round!!! hugegrins hugegrins hugegrins
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Post by burlingtonboaby Sun Nov 12, 2023 7:20 pm

[quote="Dave 418"]From my days living on Compo rations you should read what it said on the lid before putting the tins in the boiling vessel. Chocolate and sweets are not meant to be served warmed.
During a night time re supply including rations a joker gave us chicken supreme and rice for five days.
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Our rebroadcast signals unit in northern Germany ,on the Danish border was left with 7 days worth of tinned salmon ??, fortunately we had set up next to a wee village ,the landlord in the local pub loved the stuff, as did his drinkers.
We enjoyed home cooked pub food for several days, mainly brock wurst , rump steak etc..
Still have the wee tin opener in the van,
O happy days

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Post by Relaxez-Vous Sun Nov 12, 2023 7:34 pm

Many years ago I happened to be working in an institution receiving a visit from Lady Diana Princess of Wales, she looked miserable. I could just stop here.
There was quite a security presence. Seemingly lots of local school children had been brought in to attend. What they saw of her or her of them as they waved their flags would have been minimal I'd guess. I'd say the teachers exploited the good nature of the children in their care "for the greater good".

At the time I asked about the welfare of all the police and security personnel showered down onto this establishment. Apparently they were issued with self-heating tins of food. No fillet minion or meat and two veg for the security plebs. Not having sampled such, what do I know.

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Post by IanH Sun Nov 12, 2023 9:35 pm

burlingtonboaby wrote:
The clever tin opener was the best bit!!! up!
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Post by burlingtonboaby Mon Nov 13, 2023 8:21 am

Sorry to high Jack the post BB, I can remember the self heating hot chocolate drink tins,very nice too,
Anyway, have a nice day.
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Post by Bilbobaggins Mon Nov 13, 2023 8:34 am

burlingtonboaby wrote:Sorry to high Jack the post BB,  I can remember the self heating hot chocolate drink tins,very nice too,
Anyway, have a nice day.
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That's what I love about the GOM section of the forum, discussion moves off topic and evolves the way a chat amongst friends does over a pint up!

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Post by Paulmold Mon Nov 13, 2023 8:47 am

You can still get self heating drinks and soups. Made for disaster rescue areas where safe water is not available but are available to buy, a sample set available from Amazon...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heating-Sample-Chocolate-Cappucino-Coffee/dp/B0931695B9

I remember trying a coffee in a self heating can a few years ago, it only got luke warm .

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Post by burlingtonboaby Mon Nov 13, 2023 5:34 pm

Paulmold wrote:You can still get self heating drinks and soups. Made for disaster rescue areas where safe water is not available but are available to buy, a sample set available from Amazon...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heating-Sample-Chocolate-Cappucino-Coffee/dp/B0931695B9

I remember trying a coffee in a self heating can a few years ago, it only got luke warm .

The Army hot chocolate was great Paul, hot and sweet, purchased some self heating drinks the last time I was in Tisos Perth, was expensive,but ideal for those who need it up on those mountains, I take my hat of to the SAR personal .

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Post by nuevoboy Mon Nov 13, 2023 5:59 pm

As long as I get something hot this year I won't be complaining.
nuevogirl and I both had terrible chest infections last time around and we literally had to cancel Christmas.
Our Christmas lunch consisted of a tuna sandwich each.
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Post by Dave 418 Mon Nov 13, 2023 8:52 pm

Our daughter came back from their honeymoon cruise on Sunday.During tea she started organizing Christmas to fit in with there shifts. Management has started to stock the Christmas cupboard and our son is making the cake tomorow.
I am keeping my head down and following orders as required.
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Post by Relaxez-Vous Mon Nov 13, 2023 10:36 pm

Here's one of my favourite YouTube channels if you've not seen this before.
Scottish army ration pack as described by big Clive on YouTube, bigcilivedotcom.
What's not to like.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Ry4QBQejFU
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