posted on Jan, 9 2006 @ 09:37 PM
Sorry about the lack of detail; I found this one in a book I read about a year ago.
The Australian SASR were deployed somewhere in South-east Asia, can't remember where, Brunei maybe. Anyway, there was an American Army base about
15kms down the road from the Australian base, and of course the two developed a sometimes-friendly rivalry. One morning the SASR CO got all the men
into the back of the squadron's trucks and drove most of the way to the American base, pulling up about 500m short. He then had the men run through
the base (while the GIs were eating breakfast) and back to the trucks, where they loaded up and drove back to base.
The american commander was, understandably, somewhat indignant about the Australians' display of apparent fitness, and not to be outdone, he ordered
his men to duplicate the feat the next morning, but without the benefit of trucks. Predictably, many of the Americans weren't quite up to running
30k's in the heat, and had to be treated for exhaustion.
The Australian CO didn't stop smirking for a week.