The origin of the 5in1 Ration can be traced to "a report made in the fall of 1941 by observers with the British in North Africa" which "indicated the desirability of complete rations being specially packed for vehicles operating in desert combat" which allowed for small groups of soldiers or large groups divided into multiple units to cook meals without the need of complex kitchen utensils or cooking skill. By January 1942 development of this type of ration was initiated. By mid-1943, the ration was the most successful field ration in use in North Africa. In that same year, the 10-in-1 ration was developed to replace it, as it offered a wider menu and greater flexibility in small unit issue. Extensive procurement of the 5-in-1 ended the same year. However, use of 5-in-1 stocks continued throughout the war, and the ration was still in distribution when hostilities ended.
What is offered here is Menu one (1) of the 5in1 ration, included is:
Army spread (margarine), C Biscuits (cream crackers), candy, oat cereal, sugar, toilet paper, P38 can opener, Salt, coffee, evaporated milk, corned beef, sweetcorn, ham (spam), tomatoes, baked beans, cocoa, pea soup (asparagus) fruit bars ( fruit and chocolate cereal bars), grapejuice beverage(vitamin C raspberry flavour), canned peaches.
I have researched this based on the QMC specifications and sourced modern equivalents in approx weights and sizes .
NOTE: These items are edible, but sold for display purposes.
PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 14 DAYS FROM PURCHASE TO DELIVERY AS THESE ARE MADE BESPOKE...
Price includes postage and packing mainland UK, overseas or outwith mainland UK please enquire.