This is What Army Food Rations Look Like Around the World

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Get ready to be thankful for that sad desk lunch you’re warily picking at. Redditor itsrattlesnake compiled a series of army rations given to troops around the world.

It’s not everlasting pizza (yet) but many of the spreads feature an impressive showcase of technology and creativity. From flameless heated meal pouches in the US to sophisticated attempts at deer pâté in France and chicken tikka masala in the UK. Although, judging from the warning comments that the chocolate snacks double as laxatives, there’s always room for improvement.

Yes, you’ll be surprised that vodka-soaked biscuits aren’t on the German ration. No, Canada’s meal pack doesn’t contain maple syrup.

Germany

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Several just-add-water sachets of grapefruit and juice powder. Italian biscotti. Liver sausage spread. Rye Bread. Goulash with potatoes. Sour cherry and apricot jams for breakfast.

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Spain

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Cans of green beans and ham. Squid in vegetable oil. Pate. Sachet of powdered vegetable soup. Peach syrup and crackers handed out to replace dessert bread (not shown). Disposable heater with matches and fuel tabs. Vitamin C, glucose, water purification and rehydration tablets. Yes, we are aware Spain’s pack of tablets looks like a pack of condoms.

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US

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Almond poppy seed pound cake. Cranberries. Non-alcoholic apple cider. Peanut butter and crackers. Pasta with vegetable crumbles in spicy tomato sauce. Just-add-water powder to heat up plastic meal pouch.

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Canada

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Bear Paws (win). Salmon fillet with Tuscan sauce or vegetarian couscous. Peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwich.

Note: Original source has photo incorrectly switched with Denmark’s army rations. It has been corrected for this post.

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France

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Deer pâté. Cassoulet with duck confit. Creole-style pork. Crème chocolate pudding. Coffee and flavored drink powded. Muesli. Dupont d’Isigny caramel. Disposable heater.

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Italy

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A breakfast shot of 40% alcohol cordiale (aka breakfast of champions). Powdered cappuccino. Biscotti. Pasta. Bean soup. Canned turkey. Rice salad. Power sport bar. Canned fruit salad. Muesli chocolate bar. Disposable camping stove.

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UK

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Kenco coffee. Mini bottle of Tabasco. Chicken tikka masala. Vegetarian pasta. Pork and beans. Trail mix. Apple “fruit pocket” snacks. Packets of Polos. Teabags.

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Estonia

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Stuffed peppers. Chicken-meat pâté. Smoked sprats. Liver sausage with potatoes. Crispbreads. Halva with vanilla. Muesli. Fruit pocket. Honey.

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Denmark

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Earl Grey Tea. Mini bottle of Tabasco sauce. Beans and bacon in tomato sauce. Golden oatie biscuit. Rowntree’s Tooty Frooties. Flameless heater (similar to US version).

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Singapore

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Szechuan chicken noodles. Mushroom, basil, rice and chicken dish. Soya milk with red-bean dessert.

Note: For some reason, the standard packet that usually accompanies the above MREs wasn’t depicted in the original post. Here’s a more accurate representation courtesy of dreamwaltzer.

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Australia

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Vegemite. Jam sandwich biscuits. Tube of sweetened condensed milk. Fonterra processed cheddar cheese. Meatballs and chili tuna pasta. Curious-looking bars labeled “chocolate ration.”

Also, ”can-opener-cum-spoon,” aka FRED for “Fucking Ridiculous Eating Device.”

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Kudos Jeremy



Charisma has an undying love for gritty literature and drinks coffee like water. She also hails from Toronto, Canada and is a die-hard Maple Leafs fan, sigh.



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  • Anonymous

    In the Australian rat packs the can opener spoon combo is named FRED: f**king ridiculous eating device, AKA tetanus waiting to happen.

  • Biscuit Guy

    “Yes, you’ll be surprised that vodka-soaked biscuits aren’t on the German ration.”

    That’s not a “thing” in the Germany I’m living in. Vodka-soaked biscuits, wtf.

  • Katie_E1988

    Every country gives what is the most common, but I am surprised that European soldiers have so good portions. Frankly I expected a lot from the Canada – they have very cold climate…

    http://bit.ly/1jMCIGr

  • Daniel Kim

    Are the Canadian Bear Paws from free-range bears?

  • PHZ

    I wonder if the coalition forces trade rations between soldiers of different countries to get some variety.

    • Beefmitten

      All the time, we trade everything we can. Its pretty much the only reason anyone will work with the French.

  • jin choung

    ewwww… why do they need a cum spoon? freakin’ aussies man….

  • Mita Pogue

    France’s actually looks pretty tasty. And Singapore’s – I could eat that for lunch right now.

  • PicBackMan

    Wondering why there (referring UK) are so many sugar candies (red and yellow color)?

  • Krissy

    I think this is still a tad wrong, i was in the royal canadian air cadets and we got the rations that you labeled as from the united states. theres a small chance that the air cadets got american rations, but this was consistent through my 7 years and my older sister’s years before me, so i think you just got canada and the states mixed up :P

  • Henry aka Yomama

    What about the Russian one? They say it’s delicious…