The art of 'buring-down' new boots?

#1
OK, so you get some new George boots fresh out of the box. Naturally they look a hell of alot better once burnt down. Unfortuantely, it costs some hard earnt cash for the equipment repairer to use his Army time sorting out your footwear.

So I'd quite like to try myself. I know I need to pack out the boots with sand then don the blow torch and open a can of beeswax, I think.

Would someone detail to me the exact procedure for burning-down boots at home. I.e. tools / materials required, and each step of the process.

Ever in your debt.
 
#2
Get a boy to do it.

And you missed an "n" out of your title.

Thats all I have to say about that.
 

Ventress

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#3
Get then to the cobbler at Sandhurst- about £25 and he'll get them bulled up too

Oops spelt 'them' wrong, sorry dale.
 
#4
And you missed a full stop off the end. Call yourself a QMan????
 
#6
Sort yourself out man!!!!! Double away!!!
 

maninblack

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#7
How in the name of the Holy Rubber Goat did you get to the stage of owning a pair of George boots without knowing how to bull a pair of boots?
 
#9
canteen_cowboy said:
You can't beat polish to bull boots, put enough on and it will smooth out all on it's own! bit of time and effort is all it takes! :D
Then it cracks all over the place reducing you to tears :D
 
#10
...and it's all the CSgt can do to stop himself laughing at you, having made you sit through more hours on bulling parade than you get to sleep for...
 
#11
Bulling boots - 21st century warfare at its finest. At the risk of giving any guardsmen reading a coronary surely we should be able to be smart without wasting so much time on an essentially pointless activity. Maybe then we could spend more time on activities likely to be encountered on active service.

And I'd also replace most of the time we spend these days on "marching up and down the parade square" with drills that are actually of use - ie ones we use in the field. It's not the 1800's and foot drill doesn't win battles any more.
 
#12
One_of_the_strange said:
Bulling boots - 21st century warfare at its finest. At the risk of giving any guardsmen reading a coronary surely we should be able to be smart without wasting so much time on an essentially pointless activity. Maybe then we could spend more time on activities likely to be encountered on active service.

And I'd also replace most of the time we spend these days on "marching up and down the parade square" with drills that are actually of use - ie ones we use in the field. It's not the 1800's and foot drill doesn't win battles any more.
Are you actually in the Army?
 
#13
TA actually, mobilised for Veritas and extended to cover Telic. Now, what's your point ? Is 19th century foot drill still relevant to the 21st century ?
 
#14
Do you know why we do drill?
Perhaps some drill instructor type could put into correct terminology the aims of drill for the good STAB here.
something along the lines of:
'Drill is any smart, timed, military action which is used to standardise the movement of men or operation of equipment.' that sort of thing.
 

maninblack

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#15
Builds esprit de corps, melds men into a team, stops them going to the NAAFI by making them apply the secretions from a bee's bum to a pair of boots with a stolen tea spoon as well as giving the monkeys something to find and charge you with under "improper possession".
 
#16
I have no problem with the concept of drills as the basis for most of what we do - in a stressful situation where the reasoning part of the brain is preoccupied with chanting "Oh sh@t oh sh@t oh sh@t" drills allow the soldier to react quickly.

However ... training soldiers to march up and down the square makes them able to ... march up and down the square. It may smack of heresy but I question the utility of this ability on the 21st century battlefield.

Why not concentrate on stuff we can use like contact drills, convoy drills, weapons drill etc etc. If I get called out again and sent to Iraq the time I've spent on the square with a shouty man with a sash will be of no use whatsoever. More time spent on weapons training, ambush drills and convoy drills could save my life.

I know that drill does instil a martial spirit, team spirit etc but personally I've found running round the countryside with rifles practising section attacks does that job much better.
 
#17
Don't know what mob you're with chief. I can't remember the last time I did drill of any sort apart from at the start and end of Wednesday nights! 8)
 
#18
doesnt drill help us to do things with out thinking too much and to the sound of someone calling out orders?
so that is how it could help with drills in a contact situation. (probably)
 
#19
cheap does'nt cost any money and useful for moving people around short distances. currently on an outward bound instructors sort of course been laughing with instructor ex crab so sort of ex services :twisted: about drill lessons as taking nearly 10 minutes to move 12 people a couple of hundred metres from obstacle course to climbing wall etc :(
 
#20
Marching people around saves on MT and saves them walking. Cheaper - oops - now will feature in next round of cuts - marching - the new way to move.
 

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