Rare vintage English World War Two Memorabilia – original paper instructions included with the 24-Hour Ration box issued to British combat soldiers participating in the European Invasion on D-Day 1944. Two pages of printed instructions contained on front and back sides consisting of a list of contents; suggested breakfast and supper menus; preparation instructions; and notes.
Items contained in this 24-Hour Ration box included: 1 meat block; 10 biscuits; 2 sweetened oatmeal blocks; 2 slabs of raisin chocolate; 1 slab of plain chocolate; boiled sweets; tea, sugar and milk blocks; 2 packs of chewing gum; 1 packet of salt; 4 tablets of sugar; 4 pieces of latrine paper.
This version of the 24-Hour Ration Instructions is dated October 1943 by V.P. Co. Paper instructions measure 4- 3/4" wide x 3-3/4" high" (unfolded).
The 24-Hour Ration was issued to British soldiers troops just prior to combat, where other rations would be difficult to get. For the D-Day landings, for example, troops were issued two 24-hour Ration packets. Generally, one was kept intact in the pack, while the other was broken down, and the components stored in various locations, with the chewing gum, tea, sugar and candy items generally ending up in the uniform pouches or pockets for a quick snack or drink on the go.
The content and size of this ration varied greatly over the course of the War, Earlier versions (1940 to 1942) were intended as an actual meal replacement for prolonged periods. However, the versions issued for D-Day which contained less food, and were intended as a "survival" meal for short periods not to exceed two or three days.
This authentic piece of World War Two memorabilia came from the estate of Professor Roderick Caldwell - a Mathematics professor at the University of Rhode Island, and an Army veteran of World War Two – and his wife Winifred, a Professor of Speech Communications at the University of Rhode Island, who was born and raised in England, and worked in English hospitals during the War.
CONDITION: In excellent condition for its age. Folded vertically down the center. Generalized age discoloration and a few small stains. Some wear along the fold. Two small margin tears. All flaws are visible in the photos.
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