By Steve Dellar  |  10-30-2018   News
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Over the weekend, NATO held its biggest exercise in years in Norway with 50,000 soldiers, 250 aircraft, 65 ships and 10,000 tanks (and other ground vehicles).

Seen as an answer to China and Russia’s joint drill, the major European forces gathered together with the US military to show off their combined strength. Military author Mr David Swanson said at the time: “The war rehearsal, or war games, are just insane.”

Mr Swanson called the drills "madness" and argued it was no longer clear what NATO’s true purpose was and that its exercises “are great for selling weapons”.

“They are great for building up hostility and maintaining enemies that help sell weapons, but they risk major war.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Das Bier wird knapp in Reykjavík, nachdem 6.000-7.000 Soldaten der US-Marine in der Stadt ihren Durst löschen wollten. Die US Marines nehmen Teil am <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NATO?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NATO</a> Großmanöver <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TridentJuncture2018?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TridentJuncture2018</a> <a href="https://t.co/9QOOVFKKg9">https://t.co/9QOOVFKKg9</a></p>&mdash; Julia Rech (@rech_j) <a href="https://twitter.com/rech_j/status/1056911130013110278?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A fun fact has now been revealed about the NATO war games. Just before the start of the exercise, the US Marines were shipped to Iceland for a few days to acclimatize. And the bars in tiny Iceland (population 400,000) were not ready for this onslaught apparently.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">US Marines drank all the beer in all of Reykjavik </p>&mdash; Hilde (@hilduspildus) <a href="https://twitter.com/hilduspildus/status/1056872660930576384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Some 6 to 7,000 marines were allowed to hit the Icelandic capital on the same night, quickly managing to empty all of Iceland of its beer.

A brewery was contacted to quickly drive in more and was able to ship an extra 100 barrels to the city. The local beer of Icelandic micro-breweries proved to be very popular for the American soldiers.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Some 7,000 sailors and Marines deployed to Iceland as part of the largest NATO exercise since the Cold War basically drank every beer in Reykjavik in the span of a single weekend <a href="https://t.co/jPQG44lqcP">https://t.co/jPQG44lqcP</a></p>&mdash; Jared Keller (@jaredbkeller) <a href="https://twitter.com/jaredbkeller/status/1056223023408259074?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 27, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Pubs and cafés in Reykjavik admitted afterward that it was the first time they had ever witnessed such an overflow of orders. Local blogger Eirikur Jonsson spoke to several of them the next day. Bar owners who ran out of beer went to see their neighbors that evening offering to buy their stock but, as Johnson said “they were fighting an overwhelming force.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ICYMI: U.S. troops may have redefined the expression “drinking like a sailor” during their weekend in Reykjavik. <a href="https://t.co/AeYv0EBRmN">https://t.co/AeYv0EBRmN</a></p>&mdash; Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) <a href="https://twitter.com/starsandstripes/status/1057182567852462080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 30, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Several US Marines had arrived on Wednesday 17 October and left the island nation on Sunday 21 October.

We can only guess barkeepers in Reykjavik are hoping for a repeat of NATO’s ‘Trident Juncture’ war games next year.

Source:

https://vinepair.com/booze-news/us-soldiers-drink-iceland-dry/

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Ooh-Rah! No. 40832 1540919401

You just keep thinking that #40793

Just look at history you ignorant little piece of love.

Marines have always been hard charging, do or die, fearless at any task set before us. We always get the job done. So what if we work up a thirst.

As far as the US Military… Try finding another Nation that has ever had a higher kill to death ratio through out history.

Semper Fidelis

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Nester No. 40934 1541011828

Just to keep you humble jarhead, never forget what the acronym Marine stands for:

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Nester No. 40795 1541366528
Damn spell check My Ass Rides In Navy Equipment
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