Good question, Surfguy. During my time in Algeria, weight was a major concern because of long marches through difficult terrain in either very hot weather in summer or pouring rain in winter. And comfort was given low priority.Just wondering what Greens carried in their sac à dos (backpack/ Burgen) , can you carry non issue kit ?
Later on, in my day, the cigs were caporalPPS, (or post shittum, as the wee capo might have put it)
I forgot to mention that the field day ration also included a small pack of 10 cigarets Troupe that were only available for the military at a ridicoulously cheep price. The French authorities also knew our priorities, which were, in no particularly order:
Beer, wine, cigarets, women, food, action, and probably something else that I can’t remember.
Oh well, the story has to be told. We were camped at a farm property just outside the town of Guelma in north eastern Algeria. It was a lovely spot with a small river running just past our tents, which was perfect for cooling cases of Kronenbourg. You could also find a comfortable spot to sit in the river with water running around you and drinking cold beer. Now who in their right mind would give up something as pleasant as that, just because you were going to do a parachute jump at 6 am?I guess jumping from plane is good for hangover.