Todays Photo O' The Day 12/11/18

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Todays Photo O' The Day 12/11/18
Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:29 PM

Anyone seen todays "Photo Of The Day, Better than K-rations?"

Yeah, one look at that picture and I can say "Hell yeah!"  Not just what those lucky GI's are chowing down on, but where they're doing the chowing.  That classy old B&O diner sure beats the typical mess hall in the ambience department!

Here's a short-cut,  http://ctr.trains.com/photo-of-the-day/2018/12/better-than-k-rations

Now I'm sure some of you are asking "Hey Firelock, just what were K-rations anyway?"  A World War Two, or possibly a Korea vet might just shudder and say  "Jeez, don't ask!"  But don't worry, here's the whole story.

https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/the-worlds-best-fed-army/

So they were, most of the time.

And here's something really amazing, they're reproducing the things for the WW2 re-enactor market!

https://reprorations.com/USA%20WW2/WW2-US.htm

I imagine they get quite a reaction out of any WW2 vets that visit those re-enactments, and not necessarily positive!

All a bit before my time in the Corps.  We DID have the old tried and true C-rations in the 1970's.  Not bad, but not great either.  Hey, they kept us going.

" C-rats, C-rats are all I eat, got an achin' back and tired feet!" 

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 7:43 PM

I understand that the front-line German soldiers were better fed than those farther back, and captured Allied soldiers were fed the same as long as they were near the front. Captured Germans thought complained when they were fed K-rations.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 8:01 PM

I've read the same Johnny, possibly in Bill Maudin's  "Up Front."  German POW's  screamed when given K-rations,  thought they were being deliberately starved.

The German front-line soldiers as a rule during WW2 were very well fed and the German Army bent over backwards to make it happen, and for very good reasons.   Not only is a well-fed soldier healthier and stronger, but his morale is helped quite a bit as well.  They learned from the WW1 experience, when frequently the front-line soldiers had to go on short rations and their performance suffered accordingly. 

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Posted by Miningman on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 9:30 PM

I suppose things went well for the Wehrmacht and other branches as long as they were winning and supplies from the homeland were kept up but 'rations' were continuously cut on the Eastern front as things got bad and Stalingrad was down to nothing. Thinking that continuous retreat from mid 1943 and then on things were getting not so nice food wise. Perhaps in Italy.

 I understand American submariners had the best of all.

A question for Wayne, .. did you still receive cigarettes in your rations into the 70's? Different WW2 smokes up here... Sweet Caps, Silk Cuts, McDonalds and Players Navy Cut. 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 5:20 PM

I should have added a "Most of the time"  qualifier to that well-fed Wehrmacht post!  Certainly there were times when the German troops went hungry, such as when they were cut off and surrounded at Stalingrad, but typically it was more the exception than the rule.

And Vince, we did get cigarettes in the C-rations up to late 1975 when they were eliminated.  They were mostly "Winstons" and "Salems" if I remember correctly although there may have been others.  It's been 43 years since my last C-rat meal that had cigarettes in the goodie pack.

I'll tell you, you should have heard the screams when the smokes were left out of the C-rats!  Even the non-smokers were PO'd.  The non-smokers would hoard the five-packs of cigarettes and use them for trading stock.

Oh yeah, some of the 'Nam vets in the group were muttering  "The LAST thing you're worried about in combat is dying of cancer!"   Maybe this was the first rumbling of political correctness and nanny-state-ism coming over the horizon.

It was all for our own good after all.  Super Angry  Bang Head 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:27 PM

Hmmm.  I wonder if the ACW reenactors get hardtack and sloosh?  Wink

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