Cold ph-war!: British troops in Estonia issued with strip club guide
A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the BBC reveals the ‘Tallinn guide for friendly forces’ was issued to troops working on ‘Exercise Steadfast Javelin’ in May 2015, with the aim of keeping them safe.
The booklet, which was one of several handed out, listed three Tallinn strip joints and even advised troops on which venue had the most arresting maidens.
Lasso Bar, for example, is described as a “big strip bar with one of the prettiest dancers,” while another, familiarly named Soho, is noted for being the “biggest strip club in Estonia.”
X Club was touted as “the most professional strip club with various elements.”
The guide also told carousing troops what to expect while in the establishments.
“All strip clubs offer private rooms for individual dances,” the guide explained, adding that “the average level of rolling tips to girls is 5 to 20 euros.”
The service personnel were also advised to use cash rather than other forms of payment.
The department did not disclose how the leaflet was distributed, who wrote it or whether it would be used in the future.
With soldiers’ wives and girlfriends in mind, the guide also recommends a local lingerie shop in which to pick up a gift.
“As you would expect, we routinely provide guidance to our people about staying safe while on deployment,” an MoD spokesperson told the BBC.
“According to the information received from the Estonian Defense Forces this is not an official document produced by or for the Government of Estonia,” the Estonian Embassy told the BBC.
Recent scandals indicate British soldiers are earning a better reputation for their rowdy conduct than for their fighting prowess.
Last year, it emerged that trainee officers set fire to an accommodation block during a canoe-borne flare duel.
Also in 2016, Royal Marine Commandos were disciplined for brutally spanking each other with a keyboard wrist support nicknamed ‘Big Red.’
A senior officer in the Queen’s Guard was also recently filmed snorting a substance off a ceremonial sword.