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Peanut butter for GIs and a 40% shot of cordiale for the Italians: Can you guess the army's nationality by its ration pack?

    Operational ration packs provide enough food to feed a serviceman or woman for 24 hours
    British troops are given chicken tikka masala, vegetarian pasta, tea, coffee, biscuits and Tabasco sauce
    Only the Italian forces are given alcohol, in the form of a 40 per cent measure of cordiale
    Ration packs were collected from troops serving in Kabul, Afghanistan for a charity dinner in aid of Afghan schools

PUBLISHED: 15:27 EST, 24 February 2014 | UPDATED: 04:30 EST, 25 February 2014

Napoleon famously said that 'an army marches on its stomach', but who knew that soldiers from across the world would be powered by such a diverse range of foodstuffs including Tabasco sauce for the British and a shot of alcohol for the Italian troops?

Operational ration packs including canned, freeze-dried or pre-cooked food are dished out to many servicemen and women on the front line, providing enough food to get them through 24 hours and millions of pounds have been spent on making them as appetising as possible, with gadgets including heaters to warm the meals also included in the packs.

British troops serving in Afghanistan find themselves tucking into favourites from home including chicken tikka masala, vegetarian pasta and jam-filled biscuits, as well as familiar brands such as Typhoo tea and Kenco coffee with a tiny bottle of Tabasco sauce to spice up their meals.

Although the French used to include red wine with their ration packs they now must make do with venison pate and duck confit, as it is now only the Italians who are provided with any type of alcohol in the form of a miniature measure of 40 per cent alcohol 'cordiale' .

Estonian troops snack on smoked sprats, stuffed peppers and halva, while German forces enjoy liver sausage spread and rye bread.

The ration packs were collected from troops from across the world serving in Kabul, Afghanistan by the Guardian newspaper for a dinner in aid of charities School of Leadership, Afghanistan and The Afghan Schools Trust, attended by diplomats, aid workers, security contractors and other officials.

As they are legally banned from giving away ration packs, the Americans were unable contribute to dinner, although US ration packs can sometimes be purchased in markets should they fail to make it to Afghanistan via Pakistan. Peanut butter, spiced apple cider, almond poppy seed pound cake, cranberries and tropical punch give US soldiers a taste of home while on the front line.

The British ration pack contains a host of familiar items including Typhoo tea and a tiny bottle of Tabasco sauce as well as favourites such as chicken tikka masala, vegetarian pasta, jam-filled biscuits and boiled sweets


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I always liked this one:

Contents of Major Kong's Survival Kit

In Dr. Strangelove, the B-52 is approaching the target.  Major T.J. King Kong (played by Slim Pikens) does a check list of the items in the standard-issue survival kit:

"Survival kit contents check. In them you'll find:

- One forty-five caliber automatic
- Two boxes of ammunition
- Four days' concentrated emergency rations
- One drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine,
  vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills
- One miniature combination Russian phrase book and Bible
- One hundred dollars in rubles
- One hundred dollars in gold
- Nine packs of chewing gum
- One issue of prophylactics
- Three lipsticks
- Three pair of nylon stockings.

Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."
Why?  Well, because I'm a bastard, that's why.

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