It was Napoleon Bonaparte who said that an army marches on its stomach and in Nato operations soldiers from other countries love the French army's combat rations
. As for the GIs who took part in the Normandy campaign they had to make do with a peanut bar, bouillon powder, canned meat, a powdered beverage, chewing gum and cigarettes --much maligned during these anti-smoking times, but your best friend in wartime.
They are not forced to buy food in government commissaries or eat leftover military combat rations
. Nor is the food industry nationalized and socialized for everyone so that the poor can have food.
The end of the story, by the way, was that we received combat rations
that very evening, the kitchen was made kosher the next day, thanks to us, and the threat of a court martial was not mentioned again.
Lecture by Anastacia Marx del Salcedo, author of Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the US Military Shapes the Way You Eat, covers the history of combat rations
from antiquity through WWII to the present.
This effort continues today, with the most recent draft of Standardization Agreement 2937 and AMedP-60: Survival, Emergency and Individual Combat Rations-Nutritional Values and Packaging, (4) to ensure nutritional equivalency so combat rations
may be shared with other NATO countries.
These clearly aren't your father's combat rations
. State-of-the-art science and packaging have made them more appealing and nutritious for today's Soldier.
The following are just some examples of support provided by JLC business units: 115,000 fresh rations (valued at $1.5 million), 445 tents with extensions, 2,035 floorboards, 1,300 sleeping bags, 1,680 wool blankets, 3,400 stretchers, 644 tables, 1,500 insect nets, and 30,960 combat rations
According to a report in Le canard enchainE[umlaut] quoted by Israel Radio, Jerusalem has already ordered from a French food manufacturer high-quality combat rations
for soldiers serving in elite units and also asked reservists of these units staying abroad to return to Israel.
Food products are not what usually comes to mind when you are thinking about high-tech Defense programs, but make no mistake, producing quality combat rations
is serious science.
On an unexpectedly sunny day in a faraway place, fear fit, skilled and semi-smart young men decided to augment their combat rations
with some fat, tasty-lookin' fishies stranded in the ebbing elbow of a placid stream.
Well, this is where the time-honoured military tradition of combat rations
comes into play.