Friday, September 10, 2010
I wonder how much swapping goes on?
The New York Times has published an interesting comparison of ration packs carried by several different armed forces currently serving in the Coalition in Afghanistan. Click on the link, then click on each individual ration pack for a view of what's inside it. For example, here's the South Korean ration:
It contains "sautéed kimchi, ham fried rice, flavored sausage, white beans and sauce, almond cake and chocolate candy".
I must admit, some of the rations look very appetizing compared to the South African ratpacks I used on operations in the 1970's and 1980's. In the early years we were often issued ratpacks left over from the Second World War, believe it or not! The picture below is a pretty fair image of what they looked like.
The 'dog biscuits', as we called them, were hard enough to break your teeth if you weren't careful! Later an updated 24-hour ratpack was introduced, which was substantially more tasty - but not as filling. I guess you can't win . . .
Certainly doesn't look as tasty as some of the more modern field rations portrayed by the New York Times, does it? I'm glad I no longer have to live off ratpacks . . .