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British Army donates 84 000 helmets to Ukraine military



British soldiers have taken up the challenge to sort and pack 84,000 surplus helmets bound for the Ukrainian military in just two weeks. Thirty members of the Midlands’ based “Poachers” from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, have been hard at work for the last week and completed the packaging of all the helmets last Friday, April 1.
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The soldiers processed up to 12,000 helmets a day packing the 100 helmets into big cardboard boxes ready for Team Leidos to transport to Poland for onward distribution to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. (Picture source: British Army)


Working from morning until night, the Cottesmore-based troops were ensconced in a huge stores warehouse at MOD Donnington in Shropshire, where the surplus supplies had been shipped from military stores from across the UK. The task included physically stripping the helmets of any British Army webbing or identifying badges and packing them in crates each holding 100 of the life-saving pieces of headgear.

The slick logistical operation saw the helmets collated and processed by Team Leidos staff employed under Defence Equipment and Support’s Logistics and Services Transformation (LCST) programme.

The soldiers processed up to 12,000 helmets a day packing the 100 helmets into big cardboard boxes ready for Team Leidos to transport to Poland for onward distribution to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

This is not the first time that the UK has supplied helmets to Ukraine. In 2014 the UK supplied the Ukrainian Armed Forces with hundreds of Mk7 helmets together with earlier Mk6 and Mk6A helmets, which were used by the Ukrainian service personnel during the war in Eastern Europe.

The troops from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian, who are recruited from across the counties of the East of England and East Midlands including Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and Lincolnshire, are a Light Mechanised Infantry Battalion. They are currently the United Kingdom Standby Battalion (UKSB) ready to deploy at short notice to anywhere in the world they are needed.


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The task included physically stripping the helmets of any British Army webbing or identifying badges and packing them in crates each holding 100 of the life-saving pieces of headgear. (Picture source: British Army)


 

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