What is the army smell?

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  1. Although I'm not a military man my limited experience with the army left a lasting impression of the "army smell" - the dank, musty smell of the back of bedfords and of stores. Its a smell I've never smelt anywhere else before.....what is it? Is there such a thing as the "army's smell" - what is it?
  2. Wet canvas/ciggy smoke/diesel/damp gonk sacks/gun oil/+if you are cav, a cooked breakfast frying in the frosted air
  3. Damp cam nets
  4. B_AND_T

    B_AND_T LE Book Reviewer

    On a number of the females I have met, it's the smell of day old spunk.
  5. General Melchett

    General Melchett LE Moderator

    Old socks, farts, cheap coffee.
  6. The drying room after exercise, repacking your NBC suit
  7. The smell of the bleech.
  8. Wet cam nets, tentage (9 x 9, 12 x 12, etc), hexi blocks (though not smelt so much in these days of Peak stoves), hessian, cordite(?) after firing your rifle, weapon oil, diesel, exhaust fumes, '58 Patt webbing (not worn it for years but can still smell it!). When a singlie, the smell of curry and stale kebabs in the block over the weekend!

    Hope this helps!

  9. Sweaty socks, wet kit and cav officers cheap aftershave
  10. Damp hessian.


    Gun oil mixed with some form of propellant.


    The remains of 20 Rothmans.

    The hint of CIVGAS/DIESO

    ..........and all wrapped up in a curry or kebab fart.
  11. It is the "Esprit de Corps"
  12. Its the smell of kit thats the most unique and evokative.... ah, what I'm missing out on.
  13. Choose one;

    1. Victory.
    2. Naplam in the morning.
  14. The smell of a patrol after 21 days in the ulu,has been known to cause RN
    Wessex crews to vomit,and make the pilot fly sideways to air the chopper
    8O :D
  15. Empty your bergan of kit post tour, place head inside, inhale deeply - that should do it..........