The Army-Issue Water Bottle

have you seen a broken issue water bottle?

  • Yes - the IA drill is the same as for a damaged SUSAT

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Bert

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#1
an essential item of kit everyone is issued, and it works under any conditions.

claims to be made of 'unbreakable black plastic' - anyone seen Terminator? the bit at the end where Sarah O'Connor crushes the Terminator in the ... erm ... crushing thing?

well, the Terminator may not have survived - but would the Water bottle?*

<Bert sits back>

*one might question what the issue Water Bottle had done to deserve such a punishment if it found itself in said situation, i doubt its capabilities to act independantly in the role of an assassin...
 
#2
Bert you truley are a numpty :)

Why dont you and the water bottle both get under the crushing thingymabob and we'll all take bets on which who gives up the ghost first? :wink:
 

Bert

Old-Salt
#3
cait said:
Why dont you and the water bottle both get under the crushing thingymabob and we'll all take bets on which who gives up the ghost first?
you make a very interesting point here, central to this topic -

if the water bottle were stood upright, and someone lay face-down beside it, would they survive?!
if the water bottle was indestructable as it implies, then the person would survive.

how did the humble current-issue water bottle attain such a Shao-lin state of invulnerability?

<Bert smiles>
 

Unknown_Quantity

War Hero
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#4
Bert said:
an essential item of kit everyone is issued, and it works under any conditions.
Not true, I've had mine freeze so that the lid could not be opened... That was arrse.
 

Bert

Old-Salt
#5
Unknown_Quantity said:
Not true, I've had mine freeze so that the lid could not be opened... That was arrse.
fair point - i recognise my oversight, although I take it the ability of your issue water bottle to store water was never compromised during this incident - and I take it the water bottle worked fine when it had 'thawed'?

so the quest continues, with a refined task:

has the integrity of the water bottle, being its capability to store water, ever been compromised?
<Bert wanders...>
 
#7
Yes,

I left 'one' of mine ( the one for swanning about on expeds) half filled /half empty . Containing orange juice and vodka I recall.Down in the Falklands in 89. I left it in my room in the "Dark Star" . A couple of days later a loud 'carump' came from the locker followed by a bit of a pong. Said Vodka/Orange mix had fremented and the bottle had cracked. I must say though it had only ruptured down one of the side 'welds'?

Quite amazing.
 
#8
Though I too agree that they should be trialling the plastic (or is it? - kryptonite maybe?) they use for the waterbottles as armour plating for the next generation AFV (delay: 10 years and counting), I have to say the crappy bit that attaches the lid to the bottle-neck when it's unscrewed is, er, crappy.

My water bottle's ability to fulfil it's water bottle type tasking is severely restricted when the fooking lid is lying in a gorse bush because I've dropped it in the dark. Or, at least, it would be, if I'd ever done that. Normally I just hold it in the hand I'm not holding the water bottle with. But if I only had one hand, what would I do then?!? Nobody thought of that, did they!!! Discrimination against one handed military personnel shouldn't be allowed in the modern army.
 
#9
What is the point of this thread? If you need to worry about broken water bottles, the OTC is your LoE.

No further correspondance will be entered into.

:roll:
 
#11
Well said. I personally haven't had many water bottle related dilemmas, except for the little bit that holds the lid on thingy. However I have enjoyed reading the thread, beats revision.
 
#12
The Army Water bottle is made of the same material as the Army issue mug. How come if the bottle is armour plated, how does the mug always end up with a bloody great crack in it and you spend most of your time with gloves on or burnt hands................
 
#13
When extremely bored on a course a mate and I discovered that the issue mug yields after fifteen minutes sustained beating with a crowbar.... or after a session on the Sandhurst assault course (when the waterbottle inside is full)...

The mind boggles eh?
 

Captain_Crusty

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#14
Unknown_Quantity said:
Bert said:
an essential item of kit everyone is issued, and it works under any conditions.
Not true, I've had mine freeze so that the lid could not be opened... That was arrse.
Surely if the water has frozen, the item in question is no longer a water bottle but an ice bottle...

:lol:
 

Captain_Crusty

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#15
I apologise for my last post...

...and I haven't even touched alcohol since Apr 7th.
 
#16
Niteventure said:
The Army Water bottle is made of the same material as the Army issue mug. How come if the bottle is armour plated, how does the mug always end up with a bloody great crack in it and you spend most of your time with gloves on or burnt hands................
Because it's British. British Army policy is that the soldier should be put in testing situations at all times, so when it all goes wrong for real he or she will be able to cope and won't be wondering where the squadron mobile McDonalds restaurant has gone.
 
#18
The mug is indeed tough - thank you for the reminder that the mug and the bottle are crafted from the same mystical material, Capt Cheeky.

Yet I had never thought that the mug could be as strong as the bottle.

The bottle certainly has strength akin to the 'black box' flight recorder, hence the thread.

Is its strength somehow derived from the everlasting and seemingly unpurgeable substance contained within that taints any water placed inside with the taste of something unpleasant?

It is pleasing that we are all agreed that the 'crappy' bit of plastic that 'holds' the lid to the bottle is, well, 'crappy', but it is not an integral part of the issue water bottle experience - its role could be fulfilled by paracord, elastic etc.

The water bottle and lid however - regardless of whether or not it is filled with water, has anyone ever broken one?
 
#19
Should we try? Rumour has it PRC349 can be run over a by a small tank, can the army water bottle? Any one have a video camera, a small tank, and a water bottle with which to test and then post results online?

Indeed, is the water bottle a better bit of kit than the 349 (etc)? Both weigh a fair bit - at least when the bottle is full (though weaklings like me struggle with it even when it's empty) - but the water bottle actually does something, holds water, whereas the 349 is just a useless brick that requires the assistance of mobile telephony to aid actual useful communication.
 
#20
consensus seems united - the water bottle truly is tougher than Chobhams.

are important people in the MOD reading this? I hope so. with the furore over the effects of Depleted Uranium shells resurfacing in today's Telegraph, might we not be wise to evaluate the utility of the issue water bottle in the anti-tank role?
 

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