Despite record snowstorms throughout Britain, it’s good to see from this MOD Image of the Day that the British military has not lost its sense of humour. MP+

Troops from 16 Air Assault Brigade, the Army’s premier rapid reaction force, based in Colchester, were back at work yesterday, Thursday 7 January 2010, despite the heavy snow. But during a morning coffee break, troops and civilian staff from the Brigade Headquarters took the opportunity to put some new recruits through their paces. These recruits took the form of maroon-bereted snowmen who stood guard outside the base. A brigade spokesmen said: “It is seldom the weather is good enough for the snowmen to train with us. They have worked hard, are very stoical and don’t seem to mind the cold.” [Picture: Corporal Rupert Frere RLC, Crown Copyright/MOD 2010]