British Prime Minister Theresa May has caused uproar amongst British military troops based in Afganistan after it emerged she 'gifted' soldiers just £1 each (not even enough to buy a coffee) to celebrate the festive season. Five hundred British troops deployed to Afghanistan were given a total of £500 ($700) working out at $1 each for Christmas according to the Times.
American troops, however, were spoiled by president Donald Trump as they received eight Christmas trees, decorations, turkeys, numerous gifts and 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 observed.rt.com reports: 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. The ministry of defense said arrangements for Christmas festivities “are made locally,” it added.While cash-strapped, the troops did not feel completely forgotten.
“It has been staggering to see the number of parcels that have arrived for us from friends and family,” said the officer. In addition, Christmas lunch was still served on Friday, complimented by snow, which fell last week in Kabul, Afghanistan. This #Christmas our UK Armed Forces will be deployed around the world on 25 operations in more than 30 countries.
Take a look at just a few of the many places that they'll be spending Christmas this year. #MerryChristmasThe report on Christmas allowances came shortly after UK Prime Minister Theresa May stressed the “enormous debt we owe to our armed forces and veterans” in her Christmas message to the military.“Whenever you are called upon – regulars or reserves – you always give of your best and inspire us all with your service,” May said, adding, “the valiant hearts of our servicemen and women, many far away from their own loved ones at this special time of year, are working to keep us safe.”