As much as we like to credit battle victories to the ingenuity of the winning soldiers, no battle can be won on an empty stomach. History tells us that the massive Roman legion would devour 120 sheep every day as part of their meat ration.
In other words, food is a big deal for any military. Today that has not changed, although each army in the world seems to have a different approach to feeding its soldiers.
For one, the rations are parked very neatly and in a super-compact manner. They have managed to do this without making any compromises on the nutritional benefits the meals offer the soldiers.
Of course, every country has a different approach when it comes to feeding its soldiers.
David Hong, a YouTuber, has tried out various MREs from different countries. The funny thing is that these meals look a lot better than some of the meals we enjoy regularly.
David did not set out to review army rations on his channel. However, when he did a review of the US MRE ratio he had gotten from an ex-pat, the public's reaction was unbelievable, and he has never looked back.
Luckily, you don't need to be in the army to get your hands on these rations, as they are now available publicly.
Here we go.
Apple sauce, rice with peas and meat, carrots, pea stew, bacon in fat, crackers, meatballs, and cheese spread.
2. United Kingdom
Salted nuts, sports drink, coffee and tea, cranberry cereal bar, muesli oats with milk, oatmeal cookie, vegetarian pasta, fruit cake, hazelnut spread, and potato pasta salad.
The breakfast ration consists of chocolate, jelly, spoon, sugar, salt, coffee, and biscuits. For lunch, Italian soldiers enjoy tortellini, fruit salad, biscuits, coffee, and beef, and supper consists of tuna, soup, and an entry bar.
What you are seeing here are crackers, chocolate, nougat and candy, instant tomato soup, braised ham, oats and fruits, muesli, terrine forestiere, and Crozets et diots.
The German army ratio has Muesli, oats milk and fruits, dark chocolate, crackers, hazelnut pudding, pea stew with mettwurstchen, Hackfleischrollchen with rice, Roggenschrorbrot, cranberry cereal bar, and rindfleischlyoner grob.
Orange drink, coffee cream, sliced apples, baked beans, ketchup, peanut butter, hot chocolate, coffee, banana-flavored oatmeal, baked beans, strawberry jam, and bread,
Orange drinks, beef soup, biscuits with pepper, salt crackers, turkey pâté, pineapple, coffee taffy's, sardines beans, liver spread, chocolate, papaya, and tea.
8. United States
Skittles, marble pound cake, crackers, chili, macaroni, and grape flavored energy drink.
Chicken casserole, tea, coffee, hardtack, hard candies, honey, condensed milk, pepper, salt, raisins, and a stick of gum.
Chicken soup, crackers, chocolate, chicken, and rice.
Biscuits, pâté, rice, corned beef with soup, jam, squash, and tea bag.
For breakfast, the ration offers rice with beef, wipes, biscuits, and iced tea. Lunch consists of pork, a drink, and some sugar. Finally, supper consists of biscuits, iced tea, tuna, pâté, and sugar.
Tuna, beef and peas, instant veg soup, pâté, and mix fruits.
Cake, rice, fruit, sausage, and hot sauce.
Each of these rations is unique to the culture of that country. The Russian ration has the greatest amount of protein in it out of the 14 rations reviewed.
Although you can buy these rations, understand that they are designed for soldiers. That is why they are packed with calories.
Therefore, they can be quite fattening to the average person especially when you don't do much exercise.
They can also be a little hard on your bowels, not to mention the rations can get dull very quickly. Still, they can make your camping trips more fun.