Great Battlefield Weapons of the British Army

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Of course, the British army has a long and glorious history of battlefield pastry. Many of the great battles from the times of the medieval kings right through to some of the recent campaigns in the Middle East have all shown the same. Quite simply, the side that controls the flow of pastry, and other baked goods, to its front line troops is the one that more often than not wins. This is true not only of the day of battle, but often also of the entire campaign.

However, as many soldiers, from front line troops to the commanding generals, point out, often just the mere pastries themselves are not enough to hold the ground once it is taken. Obviously, the heavy meat pastries such as the steak and kidney pie to the awesome fully-pastried Cornish pasty will need logistical support. The front line troops will need a steady supply of gravy coming up through the supply chain to the front line if they are to use the pastries to their full effect.

However, once ground is taken, then the ground has to be held. Hence, the use of the sweet pastries, such as the apple pie, the jam roly-poly and other such more defensive pastries. These will need a steady supply of custard brought up to the front line, of course.

In recent years, though there has been a great deal of concern about the quality of the soldier’s kit. Many argue that the traditional British battlefield spoon is not up to the rigours of modern warfare. As we know, in a state of emergency, the soldier’s helmet can serve as a replacement pudding dish. But as demonstrated in the battle for the corner Café in Caen in the period after D-Day, the bayonet is a very poor substitute for the spoon. This is especially the case when faced with custard.

If it were not for an emergency air resupply of battlefield spoons to the front line troops, then Caen would have remained untaken. Hence, it was quite possible that the German soldiers could easily have retaken the D-Day beachheads, equipped as they were with the latest high-tech anti-pastry German sausages.

As many veterans later said, even the strongest of British or even American pastries was no match for the German battlefield sausage. It was a battlefield foodstuff that had proved itself again and again throughout the long years of the war up to that point.

Of course, with all their fighting throughout and around the world, the British soldiery has learnt a great deal from their enemies about warfare. They even learnt to use what were once the strengths of the enemy against them. After all, military experts now regard British battlefield curry as one of the most powerful weapons on the battlefield.

Although, even now in the 21st century, there are not many British soldiers who would risk going into battle, even with the latest in high-tech cookware, without at least one traditional British Army bacon sandwich. Which only goes to show that even in the modern age there are still some soldering traditions that have stood the test of time and will probably never die.


Published by David Hadley

A Bloke. Occasionally points at ducks.

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