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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 10:27 p.m. PST

Interesting thread here…

"As the Germans advanced (or retreated) there was a long line of support vehicles/personal that made up the rear echelon, this included field kitchens. Nicknamed Gulaschkanone (Goulash Cannon) by the Germans because of its chimney, they were essentially huge wood/coal feed stoves & vats (usually horse-drawn). These mobile kitchens made almost everything a soldier would have in his daily diet: ( stew, soup, bread, coffee, etc ). The kitchens would be situated behind or near the frontline, units would then rotate through for their meals, if that wasn't possible runners would carry the meals in insulated containers to their units.

The OKW (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht)(German High Command) prescribed each meal according to the soldier's branch, assignment, & theater of operations, so each meal varied. Also German troops were encouraged to " live off the land", thus they took what they needed from the civilian population, again contributing to the varied meals. However here's a generalized menu a soldier on the front could expect:…"

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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2020 11:16 p.m. PST


Thanks for sharing.

That erbswurst doesn't look very appealing, and pea soup is horrible.

A pity the link to the more detailed diet info doesn't work.

I've long suspected SPAM is/was a Nazi plot to poison Americans, but I know some people love it, especially many Pacific islanders.

Generally, I don't find canned meats to be very appealing, no matter what they are made from. A lot of the smells of canned foods and soups remind me far too much of the substance I used to give the pet hound, which was labeled "dog food". I have to fight the involuntary gag reflex when/if I deal with those, which luckily is fairly rare these days.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2020 12:10 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)

I like SPAM… (smile)


Legion 418 Oct 2020 9:18 a.m. PST

Yeah I could see a lot of foraging going on for many armies in WWII. The US seemed to normally have a good supply of rations, certainly compared to the Axis, especially the IJFs.

In places like North Africa or the jungles of the PTO/CBI, foraging may be somewhat limited, I'd believe. Of course there generally could be something to find to eat in the jungle. In some cases vice versa …

Old Wolfman20 Oct 2020 10:38 a.m. PST

I can handle munching on SPAM from time to time;With some baked beans,eggs,not too bad.

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