Ever since the invasion of Iraq the Ministry of Defence has faced accusations that it has failed to properly equip British troops on the front line.
A shortage of body armour became evident within days of troops entering Iraq in 2003. Sgt Steven Roberts died in March that year after the lack of protective vests prompted him to lend his to a colleague.
The complaints about equipment range from the quality of sunglasses to a lack of helicopters and safe vehicles on the ground. Soldiers said that even their boots were melting in the desert heat.