Military Rations, MREs & Food

Military rations are vital to any operation. An army travels on its stomach and nothing is more imporatant to military success than keeping the troops supplied with rations.

GI Joe 1942.  Food preparation, or KP, is basic to Army life.
GI Joe 1942. Food preparation, or KP, is basic to Army life. Photo courtesy Joe M.

Today in WW II: 23 Feb 1942 Japanese submarine I-17 attacks a coastal oil refinery at Santa Barbara, CA. 17 high-explosive shells cause insignificant damage.  More 
23 Feb 1944 US forces achieve victory in the Battle of Eniwetok Atoll, in the Pacific Marshall Islands.
23 Feb 1945 US Marines from 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division captured the summit of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima, after days of intense fighting. Without realizing its significance, Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the world famous Iwo Jima flag photo.
23 Feb 1945 Allied Forces cross the Roer River [Operation Grenade].
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Military Rations, MREs & Food

This Olive-Drab.com section has separate pages covering the military food supply, combat rations, ranging from the canned rations of World War II, Korea and Vietnam to the modern Meals, Ready to Eat (MRE) and HooAH! Bar:

Field food distribution point for Lt. General Walter Kreuger's Third Army, during Louisiana Maneuvers, 1942
Field food distribution point for Lt. General Walter Kreuger's Third Army,
during Louisiana Maneuvers, 1942.

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