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Kh212

Crow
Do it, we've done shoeboxes so for a few years now. Just be aware of your own persec one year we received a couple of packets in return, in one the note read " Sorry youre not here, here have some sand ".
Laughed for weeks, and I still have the sand in a jar.
Haha I love this! Do you include an address for yourselves still now then in case they want to return a letter or anything? Or do you just send the shoeboxes without information about you now? Thanks:)
(Edited just to add that I was just wondering about the return packets received, I am only wanting to send envelopes to support&I’m not wanting to hand out personal info myself to have items returned and so on)
 
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AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
Haha I love this! Do you include an address for yourselves still now then in case they want to return a letter or anything? Or do you just send the shoeboxes without information about you now? Thanks:)
Like I said, Light Dragoons Association have been doing shoeboxes. They'll know exactly what's current.
 
Haha I love this! Do you include an address for yourselves still now then in case they want to return a letter or anything? Or do you just send the shoeboxes without information about you now? Thanks:)
We never purposely enclosed any identifiers in the parcels , just on a couple of occasions the clever and resourceful British squaddie identified us.
 

Fang_Farrier

LE
Kit Reviewer
Book Reviewer
We never purposely enclosed any identifiers in the parcels , just on a couple of occasions the clever and resourceful British squaddie identified us.

What address did you send them to?
 

goodoldboy

MIA
Book Reviewer
We used to get welfare packages in NI whilst on duty at Chrimbo, very nice gesture and fairly random contents! Cakes/Bicuits, reading materials, smelly-stuff like soap deodorant, scarfs and hats, etc.
Knowing what I know now, I maybe should not have eaten the cakes (unless originally wrapped packaging)!
The Administrator of our Department (about 50 of us all told) used to make up small boxes on a regular basis to be sent to troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and we really enjoyed doing it. She used to tell us about four weeks beforehand what she needed to send and it became an easy thing just to pick up bits and pieces during the month.

The only rules were no booze, porn or short-life perishables so we just got an extra deodorant, packet of sweets, baby wipes, magazine, tissues, plain white socks and so on when we were buying stuff for ourselves. We would also include those little hand soaps and bottles of shampoo which we picked up in hotels. If she needed envelopes with a short, chatty note to include then she would just ask us.

It was an easy thing to do and our lady often got notes of appreciation back - well worthwhile if it brightened the day of someone far from home, working in crap conditions, often being shot at, buggered about and certainly missing their normal surroundings.

I can't remember whether she took the boxes to a central point or if someone picked them up but, my question is, does that sort of thing still happen? I believe it was called Shoeboxes for the Troops...

Good luck with this OP, it's a great thing to do, well done!
 
Haha I love this! Do you include an address for yourselves still now then in case they want to return a letter or anything? Or do you just send the shoeboxes without information about you now? Thanks:)
No, never identify yourself, just know that your efforts will be appreciated.
 
in the this modern PC world where the British Army is very unlikely to ever get the chance to shoot at Germans

I would assume a shoe box full of fags, booze, jaz mags, a big fruit & nut bar would probably end up as hate crime ?
 

Gout Man

LE
Book Reviewer
What address did you send them to?
upto 2007/8 we sent via the ABF and Parcels for Soldiers , then in 2008 the MoD decided that it must be to a named serviceman, obviously that information on individuals wouldnt be made available.
However sending the unit padre a few boxes via BFPO worked albeit in a much scaled back operation and some of personally known combatants got boxes to share.
Seems like only yesterday, filling boxes to 2kg.
 
If I remember right, the Post Office or the MOD part anyway, changed the rules so that only personally addressed post got through to theatres.
I think the best idea would be to email the families officer of units deployed to find out what SOP is. Or, someone who is deployed now and reading this could give us the heads up. Even if it is all going to be addressed to CQMS, c/o 1 Blankshires, Op Shittour
 
in the this modern PC world where the British Army is very unlikely to ever get the chance to shoot at Germans

I would assume a shoe box full of fags, booze, jaz mags, a big fruit & nut bar would probably end up as hate crime ?
If I was the recipient of a box full of fags, booze, jazz mags and choccie, I'd like to see some limp wristed, PC, woke, fluid gendered retard try and take it off me.
 

964ST

War Hero
If I was the recipient of a box full of fags, booze, jazz mags and choccie, I'd like to see some limp wristed, PC, woke, fluid gendered retard try and take it off me.
You are more likely to have received a crochet scarf and hat (that stunk of an anchovies!).
 
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Those of us "of a certain age" will also remember that every so often on an op tour the unit would get a large batch of cigarettes and spirits which was stuff that Customs and Excise (as it was then known) had confiscated at ports etc in the UK. Everyone got a bottle of something (usually brandy or whisky), and the non smokers then also had a box of 200 to trade with the addicts.

Last time I recall it happening would have been around 85/86, so God knows what happens to the stuff now.

Edited to add: the stuff was secured by the QM and dished out on the way home

It gets destroyed.
 

chimera

LE
Moderator
We used to get Welfare cigarettes issued on Grapple. 20 a day
I think they were confiscated smugglers' contraband, from a planeload seized at Sarajevo airport. We used to get them too, when I was working with the UNMOs. Were they always Marlboro (Or something very similar)?

ETA: And bottles of Merlot too. Farsands and farsands of bottles of bloody Merlot.
 

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