Armed Forces minister Phillip Hammond expressed concern today at a High Court ruling permitting the relatives of soldiers killed in action to seek compensation.
"This is an appalling ruling that could seriously undermine our ability to mount future campaigns" he said.
"I'm hard pushed to think of any military campaign in the last 100 years that hasn't been blighted by shoddy equipment or shoddy leadership somewhere along the line. Let's face it, it's what Governments do and then rely on our troops to pull us out of the sh*t".
Already relatives of the 600 Hussars involved in the Charge of the Light Brigade, the entire British Expeditionary Force in Northern France in 1940 and those hundreds of tohusands pointlessly killed on the Somme are said to be preparing claims.