It occurs to me that there is the occasional person out there who wonders about my mental processes. While I am, of course, reluctant to provide foolishly unprepared researchers with Things Man* Was Not Meant To Know (thus erasing their sanity in time-honored tradition), I figure that the odd epiphany doesn't hurt. Besides, this is a blog. Random, quasi-narcisstic observations is the rule.
So: I am the sort of person who reads/hears something like this and goes, "Well, of course. If your crew isn't expecting that command, you can be sure that neither will the enemy. Besides, the Admiralty issues equipment for a reason". This is apparently not a normal reaction, which is probably why Kipling wrote it in the first place.
Wow. That was much funnier when I first came up with the idea for the post.