This Day in History: 1948-04-12

Major Ormsby, commanding A Company of the 1st Battalion, recorded in his report on Operation Hurley, a battalion-level patrol and search operation in Malaya, the recipe for ‘Ferret’s Milk’, invented by the Ferret Platoon, a specialist anti-guerrilla jungle unit: ‘1/2 mess tin rum, 1 tin condensed milk, 2 tablespoons NescafĂ©, 2 tablespoons sugar, heat until at ignition point and dilute to taste’. He claimed it was delicious.