Monkeys and parrots

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  1. Does anyone know the origin of this phrase? Also does it apply to specific pieces of kit? You hear it all the time, but no-one seems to know exactly what it means! apart from a vague 'get your arse in gear, let's go'.
  2. Supposedly last order given for troops embarking for blightly from india "pick up your monkeys and parrots "
  3. Some pedant once told me that 'monkeys' refers to backpacks and 'parrots' are rifles. There are supposed to be reasons for both names; maybe its because the 'monkey' rides on your back and I think that 'Parrett' might possibly have been a make of rifle. Some spotter might know.
    Hope this helps,
    Sticky :D
  4. Then again, woody might be right: