I used to work with a lady whose Son was in the 101st Airborne.
I was talking to him about the invasion of Iraq. His outfit along with the French Foreign Legion operated together in a sweep way to the left of the main attack.
One of the amusing stories he told was they were all eating supper and the Americans noticed the French were about to have a regular feast. Their officer went over to the French and after talking a bit, they swapped meals.
The FFL had MRE’s and the Americans, the feast. He said the French actually liked the MRE’s.
The trade with the French was 3 MREs for one french daily ration. They had only 6 types of daily meal boxes and they liked the 12 different 1st gen MREs. They got more variety, more calories and a more consistent meals. I only remember the mutton meal and the mutton was extremely gristly. I blame the supplier for the quality for I was told that it was hit or miss if it was good. The rest of the ration was good. I liked the daily soldier ration in this order: German, British, then French.
I liked the Cognac, the full pack of smokes (20), and the cheeses and the Pate in the French rations.
My first one was the absolute best, until I was told that the box was for all three meals.
The soldiers were also allowed to fill their quart canteens with wine at that time, and carry them on their side, I don’t know if they can still do that.