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3rd May '16 9:14:08 PM NanoMoose
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* A high-ranking Red Army officer who defected to the West in the mid-1970's described during his debriefing how anything up to a ''third'' of all Russian tanks committed to the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 were immobilised and rendered un-usable, owing to soldiers either drinking vital alcohol-based lubricants, or else using reserve fuel tanks for illicit distilling and transportation of home-brewed vodka - which was so utterly unsuitable for powering a tank that once the reserve tank was switched on, the "fuel" it contained fouled (and often destroyed) the engine. He described a situation where the whole of the march route into Prague was lined by immobilised tanks that had broken down - largely for this reason.

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* A high-ranking Red Army officer who defected to the West in the mid-1970's described during his debriefing how anything up to a ''third'' of all Russian tanks committed to the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 were immobilised and rendered un-usable, useless owing to soldiers either drinking vital alcohol-based lubricants, or else using reserve fuel tanks for illicit distilling and transportation of home-brewed vodka - which was so utterly unsuitable for powering a tank that once the reserve tank was switched on, the "fuel" it contained fouled (and often destroyed) the engine. He described a situation where the whole of the march route into Prague was lined by immobilised tanks that had broken down - largely for this reason.



* The [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns Chauchat]] machine gun was notorious for being more of a danger to it's operator then to the enemy. However parts of it were really good for making still.

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* The [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns Chauchat]] machine gun was notorious for being more of a danger to it's its operator then to than the enemy. However However, parts of it were ''were'' really good for making still.
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24th Mar '16 8:53:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* Nellie Coombs in ''TheThinRedLine'' secretly brews "swipe", an alcoholic drink made of canned fruit. When discovered, he's forced to teach the trick to the rest of the C Company, which leads to everybody getting staggeringly drunk.

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* Nellie Coombs in ''TheThinRedLine'' ''Literature/TheThinRedLine'' secretly brews "swipe", an alcoholic drink made of canned fruit. When discovered, he's forced to teach the trick to the rest of the C Company, which leads to everybody getting staggeringly drunk.
11th Mar '16 5:21:19 PM Goldfritha
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The moonshiner is often quite skilled at it. And the hooch itself, though frequently of [[GargleBlaster fire-breathing potency]], is at least drinkable without danger. Although the drinkers may curse it and describe it negatively, it generally doesn't blind or kill them, presumably because (from the characters' POV) if it were truly dangerous it wouldn't get the necessary nod-and-a-wink from higher up, and (from the writer's POV) they don't want to take out characters that way.

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The moonshiner is often quite skilled at it.it; the HillbillyMoonshiner is often his backstory. And the hooch itself, though frequently of [[GargleBlaster fire-breathing potency]], is at least drinkable without danger. Although the drinkers may curse it and describe it negatively, it generally doesn't blind or kill them, presumably because (from the characters' POV) if it were truly dangerous it wouldn't get the necessary nod-and-a-wink from higher up, and (from the writer's POV) they don't want to take out characters that way.
5th Mar '16 8:16:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* Hawkeye and Trapper John (and later BJ) have a still in their tent on ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]''. They say that they're distilling gin (hence the martini glasses), but what actually comes out is little more than high-proof grain alcohol.

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* Hawkeye and Trapper John (and later BJ) have a still in their tent on ''[[Series/{{MASH}} M*A*S*H]]''.''Series/{{MASH}}''. They say that they're distilling gin (hence the martini glasses), but what actually comes out is little more than high-proof grain alcohol.



* Not military, but still a strictly regimented, all-male institution. A ChristmasEpisode of ''{{Porridge}}'' features one of the prisoners distilling hooch in one of the shower blocks. Served in a disinfectant bottle, its taste causes Fletch to comment that [[ItTastesLikeFeet they should have taken the disinfectant out first]].
* An exploding still is a minor plot point in ''GenerationKill'' when it nearly blinds one of the Marines.

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* Not military, but still a strictly regimented, all-male institution. A ChristmasEpisode of ''{{Porridge}}'' ''Series/{{Porridge}}'' features one of the prisoners distilling hooch in one of the shower blocks. Served in a disinfectant bottle, its taste causes Fletch to comment that [[ItTastesLikeFeet they should have taken the disinfectant out first]].
* An exploding still is a minor plot point in ''GenerationKill'' ''Series/GenerationKill'' when it nearly blinds one of the Marines.



* Chief of Security Tony Verdeschi from ''{{Space 1999}}'s'' second season spends his off-duty period trying to brew beer using Moonbase Alpha's hydroponics equipment, resulting in varying degrees of failure.

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* Chief of Security Tony Verdeschi from ''{{Space ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'s'' second season spends his off-duty period trying to brew beer using Moonbase Alpha's hydroponics equipment, resulting in varying degrees of failure.



* In ''FTroop'', Sergeant O'Rourke gets around this by having the local Indian tribe, the Hekawis, make the booze for him. He still provides them with parts and raw materials...and sells the finished product in Fort Courage's saloon, which he secretly owns.

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* In ''FTroop'', ''Series/FTroop'', Sergeant O'Rourke gets around this by having the local Indian tribe, the Hekawis, make the booze for him. He still provides them with parts and raw materials...and sells the finished product in Fort Courage's saloon, which he secretly owns.
19th Jan '16 10:22:53 AM nombretomado
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** ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Stand]]'', written by AaronAllston like the other two Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse examples, also has moonshine. Moonshine which one character thinks smells like paint thinner.

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** ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Rebel Stand]]'', written by AaronAllston Creator/AaronAllston like the other two Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse examples, also has moonshine. Moonshine which one character thinks smells like paint thinner.
7th Jan '16 11:03:09 AM nombretomado
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* In ''SoraNoWoto'' the garrison of the Time-Keeping Fortress has taken the tradition of distilling calvados and selling it to the local mafia in a fairly large numbers to make up for late payments. It's a serious felony.

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* In ''SoraNoWoto'' ''Anime/SoundOfTheSky'' the garrison of the Time-Keeping Fortress has taken the tradition of distilling calvados and selling it to the local mafia in a fairly large numbers to make up for late payments. It's a serious felony.
12th Dec '15 7:29:44 PM nombretomado
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* In ''[[XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', one pilot mentions that he knew their new diplomatic liaison when said liaison was a pilot. He didn't make his own alcohol, but he smuggled it and all manner of other things in.

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* In ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'', one pilot mentions that he knew their new diplomatic liaison when said liaison was a pilot. He didn't make his own alcohol, but he smuggled it and all manner of other things in.
26th Nov '15 8:04:36 PM nombretomado
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* In SandyMitchell's first Literature/CiaphasCain story, a soldier tells Cain he's not what they expected. Cain laughs and reels off all the things they doubtlessly did to prepare for his arrival -- including dismantle the stills.

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* In SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's first Literature/CiaphasCain story, a soldier tells Cain he's not what they expected. Cain laughs and reels off all the things they doubtlessly did to prepare for his arrival -- including dismantle the stills.
26th Nov '15 8:04:07 PM nombretomado
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* In SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Scourge the Heretic'', when Kyrlock and Drake are standing guard at the beginning, Kyrlock produces drink distilled by one of the tank drivers.

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* In SandyMitchell's Creator/SandyMitchell's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''Scourge the Heretic'', when Kyrlock and Drake are standing guard at the beginning, Kyrlock produces drink distilled by one of the tank drivers.
18th Oct '15 2:21:00 PM AgProv
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** Distillers of ''poitin'' in Ireland had a superstition that the first glassful of any new brew out of the (lead) pipe of the still was for the faery folk. Any human incautious enough to drink this sacred offering would be cursed, by the Sidh-folk, with blindness and insanity. Actually the first use of the still flushed out toxins, poisons and lead salts that really ''could'' kill somebody: after the system had cleansed itself, the subsequent distillate was as safe as it got.
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