Can You Match the Military Rations to the Country?
By: John Miller
About This Quiz
Whether you call them K-rations or MREs, battlefield food is a critically important element of logistics during wars. Every country implements specific foods into its MRE -- can you match these rations to the correct country?
What are "field rations"?
corn on the cob
dandelions and acorns
foods meant for easy transport during combat
Field rations are meals -- sometimes freeze-dried or pre-cooked -- that are lightweight and easy for soldiers to carry through battlefields. Field rations have evolved greatly in recent decades due to changes in food technologies.
MRE stands for Meals Ready to Eat. MREs vary greatly depending on the country of origin -- some food lovers make a game of collecting MREs from various countries around the world to sample different military cuisines.
The Czech Republic offers its personnel Znojmo style short loin with rice in some of its rations. Sift through the hard block of rice and you may stumble upon bits of green bits and onions in this dish.
A typical field ration can feed a soldier for how long?
Field ration packs are typically portioned to provide enough calories for one soldier for 24 hours. But of course, weather conditions and activity levels alter the number of energy that people need during combat.
Marmite is a brand name for a yeast extract that can be used in a dark brown paste with a powerful flavor. It is beloved in New Zealand and Australia ... and despised in many other places., So during World War III, don't trade lunches with the Aussies.