Did the army invent recycling?

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  1. You know the sort of thing - left over breakfast sausages become dinner time stew.

    Old 1" Very pistol cartridge cases (showing me age here!) making a useful waterproof fag case.

    Using the rubber 'O' rings from 81mm mortar containers as 'trouser blousers'.

    Taking the turret of a CVR(W) Fox sticking it on a CVT(R) chassis to make a Sabre.

    Using those opaque plastic inserts from ammo boxes as a handy chinagraph notepad.

    Using the old round L2 grenade tin with the spring loaded lid clip as a pressure cooker for the section's tinned compo.

    Filling the old blue plastic salt container from the 10 man pack with rifle oil for the GPMG.

    Any others spring to mind?
  2. Necessity, who is the mother of invention.

    Plato, The Republic
    Greek author & philosopher in Athens (427 BC - 347 BC)
  3. helmet comforters from the foam inside ammo cases.

    reuse of split rings for various bits.

    desk tidies from spent shamuly cases.

    isn't there a 1 million pound cookhouse in afghanistan? with benches made from the cases of javelin rockets?
  4. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Back in the 70's when I were a lad we never had recycling
    We just reused things

    The milk man left some milk you used it washed the bottles and left them back out
    You took Coke bottles to the shop and they gave you 10p back
    Your Dad filled Lemonade bottles with thinners and other dangerous chemicals for you to drink (he then gave you a glass of milk and called you a poof if you took ill)
    Old Prams became go carts
    Old fire engines got dragged in to Adventure playgrounds

    And all you rubbish went in one bloody bin which a big man put on his shoulder to empty and put back outside the house

    If your dad was good like mine he could change a Ford escort engine on the drive and build bikes/go carts/sledges

    Recycleing is nothing new as stated the Armed forces have ben doing it for years but so have the older generation
  5. Old wooden ammo boxes for maps

    Metal Ammo boxes filled with concrete as ballast on wagons or weights for weighing down tents, etc. Also used for carrying vehicle tools and loads of other bits and pieces.

    Old weapons (field guns and such) as 'sentries' on various barracks around the world and shells to be used to decorate the outside of numerous guardrooms.

    Giving old (captured) cannons to councils and such to be used as bollards.

    [edited for mong spelling]
  6. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Supposedly all the mnumbers were meant to match but they never did due to recycled bit's

    Does stealing other units light lenses and jerrycans count as recycling?
  7. SMG magazines as bottle openers

    Petrol cookers as incendiary bombs (from "Janes All the World Self Inflicted Wounds")

    Compo boiled sweets as grape shot (in conjuction with 76mm blanks on CVR(T) Scorpion)
  8. Don't think it was recycling so much as having to make do with what you'd got!!!
  9. No, it didn't invent recycling, but it does seem to have invented being-so-grotesquely-underfunded-that-it-can't-afford-to-throw-away-things-other-people-would-think-of-as-rubbish.
  10. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

  11. I stand corrected. It can well afford to throw away that.
  12. throwing it away is of course the only thing you could do with him... OR...

    Naw stumped other than the obvious beat him to death with a six foot picket!
  13. Haha. Wah, surely? I can't quite believe that one!
  14. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    Ukkers pieces made from spent ERU cartridges.

    (ERU-Explosive Release Units,the things that throw the bombs off the aircraft)
  15. I've had it done to me with boilies, a thumper and a thunderflash.

    Stings a bit.