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Compo Rations

Also known as the 14-Man Ration, these rations were intended as a stopgap between the initial individual rations, and the "Ration, Field Service," which was prepared by cooks in field kitchens. Compo Rats were intended to feed a small group of men (up to 14 if you had the full box). The Compo came in 7 different menus and each box was marked to indicate which menu it contained.

We are able to reproduce some of the Compo Rats quite accurately, but of course not everything. This is our initial offering and we will be adding items as time permits. In the meantime here is the start of a good meal for you and two or three of your mess mates. Hope you enjoy them and check back for more.

Sorry, I know you folks want the complete boxes, but we just can't do it, especially the boxes. Still, these new offerings will add to your kit, making you look even more authentic than in the past.

 

 

 
     
   

 

 

Compo Beans

 

This ration consists of a 15 1/2 ounce can of Heinz beans. No pork, just beans in tomato sauce. We buy the same brand by the same maker used in WW2, and whose name is on every can - H. Heinz. These are imported which increases the cost, but you can feed two as a stand-alone meal, or stretch four servings out of a can if you have some meat, hash, or other meaty offerings.

 

PRICE: $7.95

 

 
   
   

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Compo Meat

By the late war, Spam had become so ubiquitous it's a surprise it never turned up in Axis rations! Spam meant survival to the Russian army, and it provided many a nourishing meal to GI's, Tommys, AnZacs and other allied forces when away from their field kitchen. After the war my dad steadfastly refused to eat Spam. "Never again!" was all he would say. (To be fair, there were other brands and varieties of preserved meat packaged in the familiar rectangular can, hence none of the service labels used the brand name, but to all who encountered it, it was simply "Spam.")

The versatile pre-formed luncheon meat was offered in the British Compo Ration, the 10-in-one ration (where the can was painted a rust red and had no label), and in one version of the 24 Hour Ration developed for D Day. Spam's overall contribution to the war effort was probably as significant as that of the B-17 or the M1. An army moves on its stomach, after all.

Here we offer a can of fresh-from-the-shelf luncheon meat in the Compo Ration version. Easily a meal for two. With bread and beans, and some rice pudding for dessert, a squad of four should be well fed.

PRICE: $6.95

 

 
   
   

 

Compo Breakfast Set

 

This is a set of reproduction WW 2 rations for British Soldiers, containing parts of the ‘Ration, Composite’.
This ration set is great for any British or Commonwealth trooper, or for US forces “stuck” with British rations! This set is invasion dated (’44 production year on those items which are dated).

 

You get: One tin of "Oatmeal, Sugar and Fruit". This olive drab re-sealable tin was a standard item in all late-war Composite Rations, and was designed to feed six men with oatmeal. It contains two packs of oatmeal (three servings each), one pack of fruit (raisins), one pack of sugar (more than sufficient to sweeten everybody’s oatmeal to taste and have plenty leftover for a cuppa’ tea), an Instruction Sheet, and one small pack of salt for oatmeal preparation. So, instead of munching on modern energy bars for breakfast, break out a tin of Compo Oatmeal for the section and blow your Authenticity Officer away!!! 
 

One tin of Instant tinned tea. This is the Service Issue Tea that is the classic milk, tea and sugar mixture known to every Tommy from the Compo Ration, Para Ration and 24-hour Ration’s Tea Blocks.

 

This set will be a great filler for your small field pack, and will make you the envy of your mates. Perfect for re-enactors, collectors or history buffs.

 

PRICE: $17.95

 

 
   
   

Brown Bread

 

This is an afterthought by the British provisioners. Formally called "Bread with Raisin," this is a one pound tin of surprisingly delicious brown bread laced with lots of raisins. These tins, boxed in lots of 10, were thrown in with Compo orders as an extra. Many times the cans weren't even labeled (we label all of ours to avoid confusion at the front). This a a rich cake-like bread that is both delicious and versatile. It can be used for a sandwich (ham, cheese, or my favorite, peanut butter) and was often paired with the baked beans. You can also eat it like cake, for dessert.

 

I confess, sometimes I sneak a can into the kitchen for my own enjoyment. In my humble opinion, this bread and the GI pound cake are at the top of the heap, ration wise. If you can sneak a tin of peanut butter from the Yanks, try it on this bread. Awesome!

PRICE: $6.95

 

 
   
   

Boiled Sweets

 

These are the classic Boiled Sweets, found in the 24 Hour ration, the Compo Ration, and various survival packs. Each box contains two cello-type bags with 6 sweets to a bag. There are such enticing flavors as "orange," "red," "yellow," "green," and "tropical (white)."

Nevertheless, they are perfect at the end of a meal, during a break, or to clear the taste of dust out of your mouth.

 

PRICE: $3.50

 

 
   
   

Licorice Bits

 

These are bits of pan-coated licorice as issued to British troops as part of the Composite Ration (and its Pacific cousin), and as additional rations in the field. There are 1.8 ounces to a cello-type waterproof bag - 2 bags to the box.

If boiled sweets are not your "cuppa" tea, this may be just spot-on for your tour of watching the perimeter at zero-dark-30.

 

PRICE: $3.50

 

 
   
   

Rice Pudding

 

This is a creamy rice pudding that comes in a 15 1/2 ounce can. It will feed two, three, or four Tommies for a tasty and filling dessert. It can also be used to provide a between the meals snack for a small group of mess mates.

 

This is another product that we import. It features an invasion era label and adds some completeness and variety to your kit.

PRICE: $7.95

 

 
   
   

Malt Tablets

  

Confections like this roll of malt tablets, or the boiled sweets or licorice bits, were an important component of every soldier's rations. They served several important functions. They served as a pick-me-up between meals, they added calories to the diet, and they helped dispel the terrible taste of "trench mouth" which becomes evident after several days in the field.

 

Three of these tablets provide 15 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of sugar. Of equal importance, they provide a chocolate taste, which is a welcome addition to the limited range of choices in military rations.

PRICE: $3.50

 
 
   
   

Compo Latrine Paper

In battle or in business, the job's not over until the paperwork is done!

 

   Recognizing the inherent truth of this statement, the British military issued latrine paper right along with other ration items. It makes equally good sense to order some of this vital equipment component with your rations today.

 

   While the standard wartime ration was ONE packet of paper (four 6" x 12" sheets) per day, the Compo ration consisted of 42 sheets, enough for a squad for a day or two. We believe it's better to go hungry than to be caught short of this particular item, so you may want to order one of these for yourself. It'll get you through a weekend, with enough left over to make you a hero to the forgetful chap who didn't bring any.

 

 

PRICE: $6.95

 

 
       
       

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