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(Daily Mail)   Looks like the Italians have the best army rations to give to their troops, the French have the snootiest and the British like it hot: What army ration packs say about a nation and their attitude towards keeping their troops on their feet   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 15
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2014-02-25 07:43:18 AM
2 votes:
My Drill Sergeant in 1979: "You are being clothed armed and fed by the lowest bidder. Don't expect too much."
2014-02-25 07:07:39 AM
2 votes:

Tannhauser: The French have to design their rations to be eaten on the run.


I'm surprised their rations don't come with a white napkin.
2014-02-25 06:31:02 AM
2 votes:
America's says, "We love our giant bloated military contracts with corner-cutting 'free market' (you'll need several hours with an Orwellian translator to understand what that means) solutions that get the job done.  Our troops will be fed dad gum, but flavor and health are the least of our concerns."

 

padraig: Anyway, how does FOOD get qualified as snooty ?


I was going to say something about including an unnecessary and time-intensive process, but I really think the criteria is a flavor that doesn't go with beef & potatoes and is therefore alien to Midwestern xenophobes.

robohobo: If you were clogged...wouldn't you spend less time on the shiatter?


Not if constipation results in labor-like contractions for 7 hours before you pass the first turd.  You sit on the toilet for hours grasping at hope.
2014-02-25 06:19:34 AM
2 votes:
BTW...nothing beat the old C Rations the US Army had. Those things were good, esp for camping etc...even got some smokes and TP with them
2014-02-25 06:47:41 PM
1 votes:

Rhino_man: p4p3rm4t3: In Canada we call it a IMP. They aren't the best food but a trained expert can use the contents to make bombs if needed. So there's that.

When I was in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, there was a Canadian camp a few miles from ours. The comm chief found tons of excuses to "cross train" with the Canadians, and he'd always trade about 8 cases of our MREs for theirs, 1:1.

Your boys had real bread. We had good cheese spread. Both sides were excited about those trading runs.

/Sure was nice being an electronics tech. Comm chief always needed a favor.



When my brother was in the Navy he would go on joint exercises with the US.  Some of the guys would have the US guys aboard and give them saved beer tokens in exchange for being able to use the cool stuff the US had.  Sadly, when he was in Russia the guys would open the mess for dinners and smuggle food (mostly fresh fruit and vegetables) off for the Russians as they were hardly paid and when it was it late by months.  It was a known common practice but it was "ignored" by the higher ups.  He was honestly shocked at the way their military was treated.
2014-02-25 01:35:21 PM
1 votes:

Satanic_Hamster: dittybopper: We repaid that debt.

With interest.

Twice.

You realize that in WWI we were thinking of entering the war on the side of Germany, right, up until they torpedoed one ship too many.


Your understanding of historical events is, well, quaint.  You hold somewhat common, but mistaken, beliefs.

First, we didn't seriously entertain entering the war on *EITHER* side.  There was both anti-German and anti-British sentiment, but the overwhelming opinion was that it wasn't our war, and we should let the idiot Europeans slug it out for themselves.

Second, it wasn't torpedoed ships that turned us against Germany, it was this:

upload.wikimedia.org

The Zimmermann Telegram.

Germany sinking ships with U-boats wasn't looked upon with that much concern, at least, not enough to get the vast majority of the isolationist US to change their minds about going to war.  Hell, we welcomed the German cargo submarine Deutschland to our shores *TWICE* after the Lusitania was sunk.

But giving away parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas back to Mexico?  Simply beyond the pale.  That is what brought the American public around, especially after its author, German Foreign Secretary Arthur Zimmermann, in what has to be one of the most *STUPID* moves in history, confirmed its authenticity.

You do realize that we didn't declare war on Germany in WWII, right, until AFTER they declared war on us.

You do realize that we were in a shooting war with Germany months before they declared war on us, right?  And that we were violating international neutrality laws in supplying a belligerent with arms and ammunition even before that, right?  Does the name Reuben James ring a bell?

Right.

You might want to go back and re-read some real history, Bub.
2014-02-25 10:28:28 AM
1 votes:

Tannhauser: The French have to design their rations to be eaten on the run.


Why don't you fark off with your imbecilic Fox News bullshiat that wasn't funny the first time anyone said it.  You're a typical American wiseguy who knows nothing about history, especially American history.

First off, the American Revolution was a side show in a greater global conflict that was taking place between the French and British empires.  Had the Crown been able to bring the full weight of the British military to bear against the American revolutionaries,  the capitol of the UK would be located in Washington today, except it would be called New London.

The French provided money, training, uniforms, weapons supplies, and most importantly, naval power.  Ever hear of the Battle of the Chesapeake?   You know, that little skirmish where the French Navy biatch slapped the British Navy?   No, I didn't think so.

Have you fathered any children yet?  If not, I'll gladly pay for your vasectomy.
2014-02-25 08:46:33 AM
1 votes:
In the 1980's MRE's were shiat. I used to carry Uncle Ben's rice in a ziploc bag. Just add rice and water and place it in your BDU top right above your lower back (the LBE would hold it in place) and by afternoon you would have nice warm rice. Add ketchup and Trappy's Bull Sauce and you had a meal fit for a king.
2014-02-25 08:03:24 AM
1 votes:
Umm... Aren't these supposed to be for emergencies? Why bother making them taste good?

Make a paste that is revolting and keep you not dead.

That way no one plows through their rations irrationally.

/Where are those crickets?
2014-02-25 07:59:26 AM
1 votes:

Satanus Maximus: Keep on soldiers on their fet, eh? American MREs kept me on my ass in the toilet.... Those things would clog me up.


Too tight? Eat the peanut butter. Too loose? Eat the cheese.

They are all food substitute. Designed to keep you alive, until you could have real food. Don't bother heating them, or spicing them, just swallow them and enjoy the full feeling in your tummy. If you're eating field rations, you're too busy to be thinking about flavor.
2014-02-25 07:01:03 AM
1 votes:
The French have to design their rations to be eaten on the run.
2014-02-25 04:00:38 AM
1 votes:
The first time I ever tried Tabasco was when my neighbor brought me home an MRE when I was little...liked spicy food ever since.
2014-02-25 02:33:19 AM
1 votes:
If I were doing some serious backcountry hiking, I'd take the French rations.
2014-02-25 12:10:35 AM
1 votes:
I like how they decided to display the main entree pack (the cardboard box) of the U.S. MRE upside down, so you can't see what it is.
2014-02-25 12:05:10 AM
1 votes:
40% proof

Aaaaand that's where I stopped reading.

I did look at the pictures, though.
 
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