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Brewing bitterness

A look inside a German barracks

A look inside a German barracks

Reporting findings that German troops in northern Afghanistan drank 1.7 million pints of beer and 90,000 bottles of wine on the wall, London’s Daily Mail bitterly declares that “German soldiers are ‘too fat to fight’ Taliban because they drink so much (while our boys go dry).”

The New Atlanticist‘s James Joyner, speaking from experience, says that that’s bunk, and that if German soldiers are huffing and puffing, it’s because they need to work off the “beer and sausages” with a little more exercise.

While it’s been quite some time since I last wore a uniform, I can attest that the 0.77 liter daily average beer consumpton — or even the full liter per day that the soldiers are authorized — would not have been considered inordinate.  Or, at least, not inordinately high.  And we adhered to rigorous physical training and weight monitoring standards, with expulsion from the Army mandatory for those not meeting standards. To the extent that Bundeswehr soldiers in Afghanistan are out of shape, then, it’s a function of lack of PT rather than having a couple pints of beer.

(Or they could just take one of these fantasy pills.)

Clearly, it seems the Brits are just upset that they might not be able to get good happy hour specials at home for too much longer.  If the Russians can make do without find cheap and dangerous substitutes to vodka, then the Brits can too.

(image — not actually a German barracks — from flickr user ifranz under a Creative Commons license)

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December 5, 2008 - Posted by | Brittania, Russia | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] Cheers.  And if the worst does come to pass, and the North-South war reignites — anything but a remote possibility, unfortunately — the South should hope that the new brew doesn’t affect its troops as much as booze affects the Brits claim that booze affects German soldiers. […]

    Pingback by Peace = beer « Boondoggle | December 10, 2008 | Reply


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