Blog: What a cracker

Catherine Sleep | 18 August 2004

British forces on active service get to have a traditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings – or as close an approximation as is possible under the circumstances. This includes crackers, even though they are classified as explosives and are therefore subject to special paperwork. It seems a bit excessive, but it’s a morale-boosting exercise.

I found this out by reading an article on the modernisation of rations for service personnel in combat situations – and a long-overdue modernisation it is, by the sounds of it. After all, beef stew and dumplings isn’t for everyone.

Rations updated


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