Just as British Prime Minister Theresa May wraps up her Christmas speech thanking the UK's 500-man strong contingent in Afghanistan, then they were given a meager £500 to celebrate Christmas. That's a mere £1 each.
"They haven't even sent us enough for a coffee. The Americans send in more money to feed the stray cats on their compound," complained one soldier according to The Sunday Times.
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. #MerryChristmas pic.twitter.com/PjyA0t65yM— Ministry of Defence (@DefenceHQ) December 21, 2017
This has left British soldiers living on means well below those of their colleagues in contingents from other countries. Whereas the American forces could feast themselves on a banquet of turkeys, gifts, decorations, trees and enjoy it all while watching the new Star Wars film, members of the Yorkshire Regiment found themselves bartering with the Americans to get some of their Christmas goodies, The Sunday Times reports.
While the Ministry of Defense explains that their Christmas festivities are locally arranged, one soldier was keen to point out that even the Danes and Mongolians seemed to be "doing more."
But while their Christmas lunch was served on Friday rather than on Christmas, morale among the British contingent was at least raised by all the gifts and other packages that were sent to them from friends and loved ones back home.
"It has been staggering to see the number of parcels that have arrived for us from friends and family," said one British officer to the newspaper.
Meanwhile, the British PM decided to spend some time celebrating with British troops stationed in Cyprus, who seemed to be doing relatively better.