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Can you guess the army's nationality by its ration pack?
Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 25th February 2014

Posted on 02/25/2014 4:10:21 AM PST by naturalman1975

Napoleon famously said that 'an army marches on its stomach', but who knew that soldiers from across the world would be powered by such a diverse range of foodstuffs including Tabasco sauce for the British and a shot of alcohol for the Italian troops?

Operational ration packs including canned, freeze-dried or pre-cooked food are dished out to many servicemen and women on the front line, providing enough food to get them through 24 hours and millions of pounds have been spent on making them as appetising as possible, with gadgets including heaters to warm the meals also included in the packs.

British troops serving in Afghanistan find themselves tucking into favourites from home including chicken tikka masala, vegetarian pasta and jam-filled biscuits, as well as familiar brands such as Typhoo tea and Kenco coffee with a tiny bottle of Tabasco sauce to spice up their meals.

Although the French used to include red wine with their ration packs they now must make do with venison pate and duck confit, as it is now only the Italians who are provided with any type of alcohol in the form of a miniature measure of 40 per cent alcohol 'cordiale' .

Estonian troops snack on smoked sprats, stuffed peppers and halva, while German forces enjoy liver sausage spread and rye bread.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Canada; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
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Pictures at link - and clicking on the link at the article to the original article at The Guardian will show you even more pictures.
1 posted on 02/25/2014 4:10:21 AM PST by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

When the French were supplying DienBienPhu by air, they included a wine concentrate called Vinogel. They also had to deal with the diet of their Muslim troops (from Morocco, Algeria)...


2 posted on 02/25/2014 4:14:12 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: naturalman1975

Venison pate, a cassoulet with duck confit, a Creole-style pork dish, fish soup, a chocolate pudding and a Dupont D’Isigny caramel?

Man! I was in the wrong military LOL


3 posted on 02/25/2014 4:17:05 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: naturalman1975

Bump!


4 posted on 02/25/2014 4:17:59 AM PST by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: naturalman1975

Thank goodness I was not in the Spanish military.
Their rations look awful.


5 posted on 02/25/2014 4:20:01 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: mylife

My first reaction to the Spanish one was “Five condoms - I’d need a lot more food if they wanted me to use all of those in a day!”

I think they are actually fuel tablets.


6 posted on 02/25/2014 4:22:30 AM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

The Brits also get a beer ration and a ration of Pursers rum.


7 posted on 02/25/2014 4:25:53 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: naturalman1975

LOL


8 posted on 02/25/2014 4:26:52 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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Pussers rum


9 posted on 02/25/2014 4:29:05 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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bfl


10 posted on 02/25/2014 4:30:14 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: naturalman1975

I was lucky - I never had to eat Ham & Muthas.


11 posted on 02/25/2014 4:30:27 AM PST by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN '66-'67)
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To: mylife
"Two cans per man per day - perhaps". My experience in the Royal Australian Navy.

Didn't have to eat field rations very often - to the extent that when I did it seemed a bit of a treat. My hat goes off to those serving in environments where they become the norm.

12 posted on 02/25/2014 4:33:39 AM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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What was the Aussie ration? $ cans? ☺ Just teasin mate.
13 posted on 02/25/2014 4:42:47 AM PST by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law and does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: naturalman1975

South Korean troops get kimchee in their mess.


14 posted on 02/25/2014 5:06:12 AM PST by SpaceBar
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To: mylife

Yeah, I would have loved some Tabasco sauce in my c-rats!..........................


15 posted on 02/25/2014 6:31:02 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: SpaceBar

Why? That would give away their position!......................


16 posted on 02/25/2014 6:32:30 AM PST by Red Badger (LIberal is an oxymoron......................)
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To: ComputerGuy

They weren’t all that bad if could get them hot and melt that thick layer of grease on top. Otherwise a quick case of the trots.


17 posted on 02/25/2014 6:33:17 AM PST by Little Bill
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To: mylife
Man! I was in the wrong military LOL

Yep. Those C-Rations I had to endure for half of my career sure did not sound, or taste, half as good as some of the rations form the other countries.

P.S. Never eat the eggs!

18 posted on 02/25/2014 6:41:57 AM PST by OldMissileer
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To: naturalman1975

Goose liver and rye bread, ( Homer Simpson drool)


19 posted on 02/25/2014 11:32:08 AM PST by clbiel (Islamophobia: The irrational fear of being decapitated)
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To: naturalman1975

I’ve never seen wine in French rations, although they were allowed to fill their canteens with it, but their rations did contain a small bottle of Brandy, and a full pack of cigarettes (along with the cans of cheeses and of Pate, of course)


20 posted on 02/25/2014 12:44:36 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: mylife

Rum ...the other British Navy tradition


21 posted on 03/07/2014 8:25:06 PM PST by DTA
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