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Wednesday, 27 December 2017

British Troops In Afghanistan Given Only £1 Each To Celebrate Xmas

Christmas previously celebrated at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Picture; REX/Shutterstock)
Christmas previously celebrated at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Picture; REX/Shutterstock)   

Five hundred British troops deployed to Afghanistan were allocated a total of just £500 for Christmas, the Sunday Times revealed. 

Some said the defense chiefs’ frugality left the troops lagging far behind their foreign counterparts as soldiers from the  American contingent reportedly received eight Christmas trees, decorations, turkeys, numerous gifts, and even a copy of the new Star Wars film. 


“The contrast between the American and British approach is staggering,”said a British officer stationed in Kabul. 

“As an army we don’t have as much money as the US, but even the Danish and Mongolians seem to be doing more,” he noted.

The tight Christmas budget has affected morale, one soldier told the newspaper: “They haven’t even sent us enough for a coffee. The Americans send in more money to feed the stray cats on their compound.”

Christmas festivities for troops from the Yorkshire Regiment have been limited to sneaking out and swapping the stars on the American trees for Yorkshire flags, the paper said. 
Soldiers based at Patrol Base Lash Durai, Afghanistan, get into the festive spirit (Picture: PA)
Soldiers based at Patrol Base Lash Durai, Afghanistan, get into the festive spirit (Picture: PA)

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