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As the label said: 'This product has been manufactured by the lowest bidder.' No shit Sherlock! The British has been issuing ankle boots to their troops since Waterloo.... well, long before that actually. And problems of disintegrating and unsuitable designs are nothing new. It still took them thirty years longer than anyone else to introduce a 'hi-leg' boot.

Gradually phased in during the mid-1980s, stories of exploding cardboard (allegedly a major materiel component) are legion, and whilst the boot was far from perfect, it was a slight improvement on its predecessor, Boots DMS.

As hard as it is to believe, British soldiers were still wrapping strips of cloth (Puttees) around their ankles as late as the mid-1980s. Boots Combat High, or BCH (Boots Cardboard Horrible), were introduced to remedy this inadequacy which had been highlighted by the performance - or rather lack of - of Boots DMS during the Falklands Conflict. DMS boots were as waterproof as a pair of sandals.

'Boots Combat High' were 'higher' and had a full leather tongue (not unlike the morning after a night on the Wifebeater), which now meant that you could walk through puddles without getting wet feet... unless they were very deep puddles, and the 'tyre tread' soles which were easy to clean. Apart from these masterstrokes in design, they were crap!

BCH were reputedly designed by an expert in lower limb injuries who didn't have enough patients. They caused more knee and ankle problems than an IRA punishment squad.

There were a couple or so design alterations of BCH due to the injuries sustained by prolonged wearing, but it largely became defunct upon the introduction of the far superior Assault Boot. Derivatives of the Boot Combat High are the very similar Canadian Boots (With pimple-print leather) and the mong-looking Cadet Boots.