The picture to the left shows merely a light lunch,
but soldiers generally carried their entire issue ration in their
With pounds and pounds of beef and flour, it's
no wonder soldiers often sold and traded a portion of their ration.
There is a school of thought that believes that soldiers were expected
to use their large ration as currency/barter.
Note the linen ration bag. It's a good idea to
have smaller bags to keep your food protected.
For more info on period snack ideas see: Mess