Chow time: Field Rations in Afghanistan

Napoleon is creditted with the famous quote, “An army marches on its stomach” – meaning that an Army needs large amounts of food to sustain it, and can/will only go where the chow is.  Which back in his day – when Army’s relied upon “foraging” (i.e., begging, borrowing or stealing) food from the local population – meant that the troops were often forced to rely upon rather meager rations.

As armies became more professional, industrialised and mobile in the decades and centuries since Napoleon, the need for large quantities of rations that are readily-available, easily-transportable and safe to store for long periods became even more pressing.  In recent years, the individual soldiers’ ration packs have gone through almost as much of a revolution as the rest of the kit they wear and use.

You may have already seen the excellent article, and interactive guide to Coalition rations on the the New York Times website.  If not, then do check them out.

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Bon appetit!

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