Since I first wrote about the mid-nineties ration pack two years ago, I have added several more packs to my collection and I now have four different boxed ration packs, one is sealed and the other three are open with minor varieties in the printing on the box:These ration packs were first introduced in 1995 and these boxes come from that initial batch, with two different types of 24 hour ration available, the ’24 hour ration GP’ and the ’24 hour ration’. These boxes contain boil in the bag rations and unlike today where there are twenty different options to suit dietary requirements, choice was more limited with seven different packs available:The rear of this leaflet sets out how to cook these rations:These packs appear to have been muddled up a bit over the years, but I have laid out what appears to be the most complete set to illustrate the contents: As ever ARRSE gives some wonderful descriptions of the contents of these ration packs:
Fruit Dumplings in Butterscotch Sauce- Tastes the same way as burnt electrical insulation smells.
Biscuits Brown- Pack contained within the 24 Hour ration pack. Consists of 6 slices of compressed cardboard, occasionally supplied with dog shit in a can to spread over said cardboard.
Rather scarily, this institution of the soldiering ways is/has been phased out with the new Multi-Climate ORP’s, and they are fast becoming rocking horse shit. Those of us more aware of the value of the Biscuit Brown are now involved in an intense hoarding operation to ensure that in ten years’ time, we’ll still have a tasty biccy to bung ourselves up with, whilst those sprogs stare on in wonder and ask us what these magical looking things are.
Apart from the (Debatable) nutritional value that the Biscuit Brown holds, its primary value is of the bunger-upper. As soon as any soldier worth his salt hit the field for exercise, he’d scoff down at least three packs, thus ensuring his arse would be blocked solid for days to come. No need to lay a cable only to discover that you need to use it as the new harbour’s sentry position two days later.