The Aussie troops called it "Smoko" and taught us the art of
bringing water to the boil and making tea - anywhere - and within 10
minutes. Tea making was a fundamental, and extraordinary bit
of Aussie bush-craft. We came to appreciate it, even over coffee.
We could have our tea
ready to drink, and be ready to move off within ten minutes.
Even in the deepest
jungle, we carried our Aussie-style 'tin billy', a thin tin pot,
ideal for heating water. Once brought to the boil, the tea leaves
would be tipped in. To separate the tea leaves, the billy would be
swung around, and the centrifugal forces would force the leaves to
the bottom of the 'billy'. The tea could then be poured into a
cup, and sipped while walking.
The 'billy' became a
part of 503d unofficial kit.
This photograph is not
an actual combat patrol - we are too close together. There is no
sense of the possibility of being observed. ...