Far from being a given, food was often considered a luxury to soldiers in the trenches during World War One. It was almost impossible at times to deliver hot food from the field kitchens to the trenches on the front lines, particularly when battle was in full swing.
However, when soldiers were enjoying a few moments of rest, food was much easier to deliver on both sides and it was even possible for troops to enjoy relative regularity in terms of their diet.
Even so, the field kitchens were based so far from the front lines that hot foot invariably arrived cold and fresh food such as bread often arrived stale. Many soldiers came up with their own methods of making it more palatable, such as mixing onions, potatoes and sultanas in with their rations.
Rations were supposed to contain 10 ounces of meat each day but as the war went on this was reduced to six, and in many cases the troops were forced to eat tinned meat instead of fresh or frozen. The bread ration also varied, particularly when the flour shortage hit Britain, which affected a huge proportion of the soldiers’ daily meal. However, alternatives were put in place including biscuits.
Aside from meat, the typical daily ration for a British soldier was as follows:
German soldiers were given a very different diet including:
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