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: 17 Aug 1940 Italian armed forces under Marshal d'Armata Rodolfo Graziani invaded and occupied British Somaliland, threatening American Red Sea merchant shipping and British access to India.  More 
17 Aug 1942 Raid on Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, led by Lt. Colonel Evans F. Carlson, USMC.
17 Aug 1943 RAF attack (Operation Hydra) on German V-2 rocket facility at Peenemünde demolishes the factory. Over 500 Allied bombers dropped 1600 tons of explosives and 280 tons of incendiaries.
17 Aug 1943 First Quebec Conference [QUADRANT] held between British, Canadian and United States governments [August 17-24].
17 Aug 1943 Just hours after the last German units evacuated the city, elements of the US 3d Infantry Division's 7th Infantry Regiment enter Messina, Sicily, the final objective of Operation Husky.
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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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