Topic: Army Rations
Lots to Chew in 24-Hour Invasion Ration
The Maple Leaf; 13 May 1944
By Ross Munro, The Canadian Press
With the Canadian Army Invasion Forces—Canadian and British Assault troops in the invasion of Western Europe will carry with them special 24-hour ration packs of concentrated food.
Each man will carry a ration box which fits into his mess tin. It will be the first time Canadian and British soldiers had such a compact pack.
The new pack's contents include:—
- 10 biscuits,
- two seeped OXO blocks,
- a powdered compound of tea, sugar and milk pressed into small blocks which makes a good brew of tea,
- a block of meat which looks like pemmican,
- three slabs of chocolate,
- boiled candy,
- chewing gum,
- six meat extract tablets, and
- four lumps of sugar.
Instructions in a cardboard box give suggested menus for breakfast and supper and tell the men how to prepare the food. A simple, compact canned hear cooker is carried by each soldier.