Can You Match the Military Rations to the Country?

By: John Miller
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Can You Match the Military Rations to the Country?
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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.

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What is one of the primary attributes of field rations?
long shelf life
Modern field rations are made with long shelf life in mind. But from country to country, the actual contents of the ration packs are very different.
They contain many fresh vegetables.
They are incredibly healthy.

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Which country might include beef tortellini in its rations?
Ecuador
France
French rations often include pasta dishes like beef tortellini. Many rations closely match the diets of the country of origin.
India

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Sardines in vegetable oil
Spain
The Spanish enjoy many types of fish in their diet. So it's no surprise that sardines make the menu in their ration packs.
Sudan
South Africa

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Yogurt with breakfast flakes
Panama
Mexico
Sweden
Sweden is full of hippie types. So it's probably no surprise that yogurt with breakfast flakes helps fuel them for a long morning of combat.

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Almond poppy seed pound cake
United States
The United States rations sometimes include almond poppy seed pound cake. It gets rave reviews such as: "It tasted so good I can't believe it was three years old!"
Russia
China

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Yellow soup with fish
Ukraine
Thailand
Thailand is a country that devours countless fish each year. That fishy diet makes itself known in the ration pack, which also features fish sauce.
United States

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What does "MRE" stand for?
Meat, Raisins, and Eggs
Meals Ready to Eat
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.
Mongolian Rations are Excrement

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Mango drink
Norway
Greenland
Tanzania
The soldiers of Tanzania are accustomed to foods of the tropics, and mangoes fit the bill. The mango drink is one delicacy in their ration packs.

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If you see tamales in a ration pack, the meal may be from which country?
Colombia
Colombian military rations include local meals like tamales. You might also find items like chorizo spread and a can of Coke.
Canada
United States

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Wheat porridge with beef
India
Norway
Ukraine
Some recent Ukraine rations include a wheat porridge dish that contains beef. The portions are large and you get real beef in these kits.

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Peanut butter and crackers
United States
Peanut butter and crackers is a popular snack in the U.S., and of course, these foods have a very, very long shelf life. That makes them perfect for defending democracy.
Zimbabwe
Mongolia

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Kenco coffee
Israel
United Kingdom
Kenco is a famous brand of coffee in the United Kingdom. You might find it in the packs of British soldiers serving all over the world.
Unite States

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Znojmo style short loin with rice
Mexico
Czech Republic
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.
Canada

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Bear Paws cookies
North Korea
Canada
Where else but Canada would you be eating Bear Paws cookies? Just don't leave them in your tent at night, lest bears come rummaging for the crumbs.
Somalia

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A typical field ration can feed a soldier for how long?
24 hours
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.
12 days
3 weeks

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Compote
Britain
If you like pieces of fruit in a sweet syrup, then compote is for you. It's not uncommon for British MREs to feature compote.
United States
Japan

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Powdered cappuccino
Lithuania
Italy
No Italian soldier wants to start his day without a good slug of cappuccino. Therefore, this coffee staple is included in some Italian MREs.
Guyana

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Cassoulet with duck confit
Paraguay
Mexico
France
The French are known as lovers of fine food … and they're determined to take that legacy into combat. So, you have dishes like cassoulet with duck confit and crème chocolate pudding.

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Rice-stuffed grape leaves
Canada
United States
Israel
Grape leaves are a staple in diets of the Middle East. So it's no surprise that Israeli rations include things like rice-stuffed grape leaves.

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Soy milk with red-bean dessert
Ireland
Canada
Singapore
An MRE from Singapore might include a sweet treat like soy milk with red-bean dessert. It's a common dessert for people from this region.

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Liver pate
Bolivia
United States
Estonia
Liver pate is a staple that's found in MREs from Estonia. Not a fan of liver? Maybe you'd like the dark chocolate instead. Or, don't serve in the Estonian Army.

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Marmite
New Zealand
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.
United States
Angola

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Which country might include a biodegradable spork in its rations?
Iceland
Denmark
Denmark sometimes includes a biodegradable spork in its rations … because nothing ruins a good, bloody battle like plastic litter all over the place.
Russia

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Salted lard
China
Russia
Salted lard -- salo -- is a type of salted pork meat common in Slavic regions. Therefore, you might find it in a Russian MRE.
Canada

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Ham, leeks and potato hotpot
Holland
Holland is on the right track with its MREs. In addition to a delicious hotpot, you might get chicken korma, chocolate biscuits and candied almonds.
United States
Uruguay

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Chicken meatballs with rice
Israel
If you crack open an MRE from Israel, you might find chicken meatballs with rice. Tuna, olives, peanuts and other snacks are also common.
Costa Rica
Mali

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Smoked sprats
Estonia
What, you've never heard of "sprats" before? Neither have we. Sprats are a type of small, oil forage fish … and if you eat an Estonian MRE, you may get to try them.
United States
Canada

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Ravioli with meat sauce
Brazil
Mexico
Italy
Italians, of course, love their pasta. So don't act surprised that ravioli might slip into their field rations.

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Jasmine rice
Thailand
The Thais like quality, flavorful rice. And jasmine rice fits the bill, so it also makes the grade for their field rations.
Iceland
Britain

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