British Troops in Afghanistan Gets £1 Each to Celebrate Christmas

Troops in Afghanistan given £1 each to celebrate Christmas

Soldiers have reportedly slammed the contrast between the way US and UK soldiers are able to celebrate.

While the American soldeiers have been sent Christmas trees, turkeys, decorations and gifts – and have reportedly been organised a special screening of the new Styar Wars film.

But 500 British troops have been given a total of £500 for their Christmas celebrations – just £1 per person.

One British officer serving in Kabul told the Sunday Times: ‘The contrast between the American and British approach is staggering.

Troops in Afghanistan given £1 each to celebrate Christmas
Christmas previously celebrated at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Picture; REX/Shutterstock)

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

One soldier said morale was suffering as a result. ‘They haven’t even sent us enough for a coffee,’ they said. ‘The Americans send in more money to feed the stray cats on their compound.’

Troops in Afghanistan given £1 each to celebrate Christmas
British military personnel are pictured at Kandahar Airfield having departed Camp Bastion for the final time (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

It comes as Theresa May paid tribute to the forces in her Christmas message. ‘I want to say thank you to all those whose service to others means they will be spending time away from their loved ones this Christmas,’ the Prime Minister said. ‘Men and women in our armed forces, whose humbling bravery and daily sacrifices help to ensure the security of our nation and our allies around the world.’  Afghanistan remains Britain’s largest overseas deployment but soldiers feel forgotten as the war enters its 17th year.

Troops in Afghanistan given £1 each to celebrate Christmas

Troops in Afghanistan given £1 each to celebrate Christmas

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