Is this why the Chieftain got Stillbrew?
May 16, 2020 10:30 AM   Subscribe

Armour? Mobility? Firepower? No, the most important thing in a tank is how easy it is to make tea, as the good people at The Tank Museum's Youtube channel explain.
posted by MartinWisse (6 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
“When in Doubt, Brew Up”
posted by scruss at 11:19 AM on May 16

posted by evilDoug at 1:23 PM on May 16 [1 favorite]

This was great. Thanks for posting.
posted by suetanvil at 10:33 AM on May 17

“When in Doubt, Brew Up”
While a knocked-out vehicle may be later determined to be irreparable and written off, a K-kill is more obvious and usually involves the destruction of the vehicle by fire and/or explosion. Among tank crewmen it is also commonly known as a brew up, coined from the British World War II term for lighting a fire in order to brew tea. The expression arose because British troops used an old petrol tin with holes punched in the side as a makeshift stove on which to brew their tea. The flames licking out of the holes in the side of the tin resembled a burning tank and thus the expression was coined.
posted by zamboni at 1:46 PM on May 17

eww, not that, zamboni. I was meaning the unofficial motto of the Eighth Army and their famous Benghazi burners.
posted by scruss at 5:07 PM on May 17

Didn't doubt that for a second. I was (perhaps too grimly) pointing out the other meaning of the phrase as it relates to tanks.
posted by zamboni at 5:27 PM on May 17

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