Well, I still have both large rectangular and small square MFO boxes in my shed and so, if required, so I can go and get a definitive answer on the screw count (if I brave the spiders and other garden denizens).
I think at least one of them hasn't been opened in 20+ years and is full of buckshee P58 webbing and ponchos.
If we're on to MFO box dits, then here we go: a less-than-popular member of the Mess was sent to the Falklands at short notice, just after the war. He packed his allocated MFO box (the cube version) with all the kit and goodies needed for the 6-month tour. As soon as he turned his back, his essential kit was (of course, what did you expect?) replaced with his mess kit, service dress, civvie suits and some treasured possessions. Also included were (IIRC) two cabbages, some NAAFI bread loaves, a sack of rabbit food - and half a dozen male and female mice from the pet shop. I gather that at least some of the rodents (and/or their descendants) made it all the way to Kelly's Garden, having en route shredded most of the box contents into suitable nesting material.
Woolly Bear?I remember getting back to barracks in West Malaysia from a tour in Borneo, picking up my MFO box which presumably had sat for months in the tropical clime and finding just about everything was mildewed and pretty well ruined.
And does anyone remember 'woolly bear' ?
Certainly do, the old man got them for one move - the oilskin, or whatever they were inners were sealed with black nasty, lids screwed down and sent off to storage. I recall when he finally left and the accumulated boxes sent to storage from Cyprus, Aden, Singapore and Germany were delivered to Sua Tela Tonanti Tower's they totalled 38.48 IIRC. 4 along the short sides and 8 along the long sides x2. Anyone remember the oilskin inserts- they were like rocking horse poo.
My dad built fitted cabinets in the front room, nice dark stained wood, until you opened a cupboard to discover the MFO box complete with stencil markings on the inside....
Mind I somehow never returned mine when posted from German and they are now the attack floor lining on my old house.
Feck me, if he’d have said ex special forces he could have gone for a grandIf anyone feeling nostalgic, this guy put this ad up eight days ago
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