Did the army invent recycling?

#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?
 
#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?
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#4
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]
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
SLR's
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.
 

Bouillabaisse

LE
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#10
smartascarrots said:
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.
 
#11
I stand corrected. It can well afford to throw away that.
 
#12
smartascarrots said:
I stand corrected. It can well afford to throw away that.
Bouillabaisse said:
smartascarrots said:
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.
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!
 
#15
Invictus_88 said:
Haha. Wah, surely? I can't quite believe that one!
I've had it done to me with boilies, a thumper and a thunderflash.

Stings a bit.
 
#17
cernunnos said:
And don't forget the stolen shovel recce's reused as cunning air fresheners in armoured vehicle hatches!
Or shoved up the pipe for the NBC forced air system!
Dewi!! I'm gonna get you for that you cnut!!!
 
#19
recycling of WW2 dehydrated whalemeat issue in 1959 as beef stew and curried mince,best army recycling job ever,trying to retrain 75% of the corps drill pigs as chefs so they could hold a substansive rank, how the mighty did fall 8)
 

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