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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2018 4:07 p.m. PST

"One lesson that the Japanese high command did not learn from problems encountered re-supplying forces in the vast expanses of China and throughout the Pacific was that of avoiding sibling rivalry between the branches, and so much design and production effort was wasted in creating separate equipment for much of Navy and Army Forces.

Luckily, with regards to service rations, there were some slight differences but no major chasm between the standard issue rations naval and land forces personnel received. Only in the specialist and survival rations were there any noticeable differences.

Whenever possible, the Japanese military tried to issue troops with hot rations, prepared by central kitchens, adhering to a pre-set meal plan…"
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Lee49405 Oct 2018 5:42 p.m. PST

Sushi. Navy version had raw fish. Army version cooked fish. SNLF had to catch their own fish. Prisoners got the gefilta fish! Cheers!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2018 5:45 p.m. PST

It misses the point that sometimes Japanese emergency rations were really Japanese.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian05 Oct 2018 5:49 p.m. PST

Sometimes, all the troops had to eat was rice, which was terribly constipating.

Legion 406 Oct 2018 7:16 a.m. PST

If anything the IJFs suffered from was generally poor logistical support. E.g. on Guadalcanal more IJFs died of starvation, disease, etc., than the US killed in combat.

But in many cases at one time or another many WWII Forces did not get the logistic support they needed. Based on a number of factors, many times just being cut off for LOC, etc.

which was terribly constipating.
Which as I have been told was how the old US C-Rats were designed. frown

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2018 7:55 a.m. PST

Speak nicely of the C Rats. I have fond memories. I'd pay money yet for a John Wayne bar, or C-rat pound cake with all the trimmings.

Legion 406 Oct 2018 8:11 a.m. PST

Those were two of the best things you could get in the old C-Rats ! evil grin

The "Beef w/Spiced Sauce" … ah … not so much … looked and smelled like Alpo ! huh? wink

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2018 8:57 a.m. PST

Have pound cake, looking for the person with the fruit cocktail.

uglyfatbloke06 Oct 2018 9:41 a.m. PST

UK Compo ration chicken curry….excellent. UK Compo Mock Turtle soup…frightening to look at.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Oct 2018 6:40 p.m. PST

Then again, there was the MRE dehydrated pork patty, which would take an edge if you sharpened it right.

Legion 407 Oct 2018 6:16 a.m. PST

LOL ! evil grin

Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP08 Oct 2018 3:28 a.m. PST

Pound cake and pecan cake roll, mmmmmmmmmmmm. Beef & Rocks, Ham and M-F's, Scheisse Disks. A four pack of Kool cigarettes could get you anything you wanted. I wish I had a case of heat tabs. I remember getting Korean War vintage cases of the stuff.

The C-Rats were designed to make you constipated so you wasted less time squatting. Recon guys would eat nothing but crackers and peanut butter for 3 days before patrolling behind NVA lines. That way they would not have to take a crap for a week. One crap could get everyone killed.

Guadalcanal was also nicknamed "Starvation Island" by the Marines. When the Marines landed they unloaded their ammo first but the Japs chased away the transports before they could offload the food. My father-in-law started a vegetable garden there as all they had were Jap's rations for quite awhile.


Legion 410 Oct 2018 7:08 a.m. PST

What's not to like !?!? evil grin

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