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SWEET STUFF

Napolean gets the credit for recognizing that "an army travels on its stomach." As important as the high volume meat and starch rations were to maintaining the stamina and health of the GI in combat, confections - high in sugar and taste - were considered important enough that many different offerings were included in the daily rations. The sugar provided an energy boost, the taste helped sweeten trench breath, and the confection was even considered an important factor in maintaining troop morale. Quite a lot to expect from a candy bar!

We're working to expand our offerings in this category, but the items we list below were standard ration items, found wherever C or K rations were used.

   
   
   

US Army WW2 Charms Candy Ration

 

   One pack of Charms brand candy, just as issued in all U.S. rations and as a supplemental energy food. They are wrapped in the colorful paper outer wrapper that was so unique among the normally drab ration packages, with a foil inner wrapper.

   These are authentic Charms candy, fresh from the grocer's shelf.

 

PRICE: $3.95

 

 
   
   

WW2 G.I. Caramel Candy from K-Rations

 

   One reproduction pack of K-Ration Caramels (One of the GI’s favorite energy foods), in the authentic buff-colored box. These come eight to the box and are individually wrapped inside the box. Makers vary according to supply.

 

   The caramels are fresh from the local grocery, so you can indulge your sweet tooth while in the field, and still be 100% authentic.

PRICE: $4.95

   
   

WW2 Field Ration D - U.S. Army

 

   A 2-ounce reproduction D-ration bar (in this case a chocolate bar) sealed in a cello-like bag, and packaged inside the classic wax-sealed box.

 

   These were initially issued as an emergency ration, but later became both a main meal component and a supplement in other rations such as the Jungle Ration, K-Ration, Mountain Ration, and 5-in-1 Ration.

 

   Not only is the packaging an authentic replica of the WW 2 item, but the rations inside are fresh from the grocer so you can enjoy the ration in the field and still be 100% authentic.

 

  PLEASE NOTE: While two boxes of this ration are shown in the accompanying photograph, the price quoted is for one box. Sorry, the WW 2 GI helmet and canteen cup are not included, offered, or available.

 

PRICE: $4.95

   
   

U.S.M.C. WW II Field Ration D

 

A 2-ounce reproduction D-ration bar (in this case a chocolate bar) sealed in a cello-like bag, and packaged inside the classic wax-sealed box. The ration was made in both an Army version, and a Marine Corps version. This item is the U.S.M.C version.

 

These were initially issued as an emergency ration, but later became both a main meal component and a supplement in other rations such as the Jungle Ration, K-Ration, Mountain Ration, and 5-in-1 Ration. Not only is the packaging an authentic replica of the WW 2 item, but the rations inside are fresh from the grocer so you can enjoy the ration in the field and still be 100% authentic. 

 

PRICE: $4.95

   

 

Necessary Personal Items

It took more than food to keep a soldier going in the field. There were lots of little items of personal maintenance and comfort that helped get a GI through the day, or the night, and these items are equally necessary for today's re-enactor or collector. No kit is complete without these items.

   
   
   

US Army WWII "Waldorf" Latrine Paper

 

During WW II, one of Bill Mauldin's cartoons that appeared in "Stars and Stripes" showed a green replacement asking a question of a grizzled front line soldier who replies "The latrine? You're standing in it."

 

Because of the absence of any formal latrines in front line areas, GI's had to carry latrine paper as one of their essential personal items. A daily ration of latrine paper for GI Joe was five 12" x 12" sheets of relatively soft and absorbent paper (British soldiers made do with four 6" x 12" sheets per day, which was the source of more than one crude Yank joke during the war).

 

We offer three rations of latrine paper - enough for a weekend of maneuvers - for one small price.

It's the little items like this that make a kit look absolutely authentic (and make a weekend in the field tolerable).

PRICE: 3 FOR $2.95

   
   

US Army WW II K-Ration VD Warning Matches

 

These are one of the best-remembered items from the GI K-Ration and other ration packs. They graphically warn GI's (and modern day re-enactors) that venereal disease is "Easy to Pick Up."

 

These are current production matches with the graphics custom printed on the cover at the factory - no silly stickers. They are ready to round out your collection or light up your smoke in the field in a realistic manner (breaking out the neon-colored plastic lighter can destroy your impression).

 

So you'll have a good weekend supply, we sell three books of matches for one price.

 

PRICE: 3 for $3.95

   
   
   

U.S. WW2 “V” for Victory Matchbooks

Most of our customers are already familiar with the green and white “VD” matchbooks that were distributed to troops in every theatre of the war. The message they carried was simple and straightforward – Be Careful, Venereal Disease is easy to catch!

But there were other matchbooks, with other messages, distributed to the troops. We were fortunate enough recently to stumble across an original “V For Victory” matchbook. This red, white and blue matchbook encouraged both military personnel and civilians to buy US War Savings Bonds, to help finance the war.

Now you can add an exact replica of the “V For Victory” matchbook to your collection for a very modest price.  We are pricing these at the same price as our VD matches - $3.95 for three matchbooks, and shipping is only two bucks (first class mail) in the U.S. It’s a safe bet that nobody else in your unit has any of these, or has even ever seen one!

One more pleasant surprise for your Authenticity Officer!

Sorry, the other gear is simply to get your attention.

 

PRICE: 3 for $3.95

 

 

   
   

NEW ITEM!

U.S. WW2 Match Safe

Okay, so the VD and Victory matches are way cool, but when it's been raining for three days and your habitat is a muddy fox hole, these paper book matches won't answer the bell. In fact, as you smokers probably all know, paper matches will absorb body sweat and quickly reach the malfunction stage.

Uncle Sam was well aware of this, and issued the "Box, Match, Waterproof," otherwise known as the Match Safe. This is a heavy duty plastic storage tube with a threaded cap and a sturdy rubber gasket, guaranteed to keep out water, sweat, and any other wetness it may encounter.

We've been able to procure exact replicas, right down to the striking wire on the bottom of the safe (shown in the lower photo). The color is the appropriate Olive Green, and it comes in an exact replica of the box the military distributed them in.

As we've stated in the Survival section, your most necessary field accessory is something that will help you get a fire started, and this little gizmo fills the need, while taking up a tiny space in pocket or pack. There's room for a good supply of "farmer matches" with space left over for a bit of tinder - your choice. It's a minimalist approach, but it will work and it might save your life, or at least help you keep warm on an overnight bivouac.

Besides, it will blow your Authenticity Officer away!

 

   

PRICE: $5.95

 

 
   
   

U.S. G.I. Heat Tablets for Stove or Fire

Here is a 3-piece G.I. heat tablet in the proper outer box. Each box contains one single-bar three-piece heat tab in a protective wrapper- just like those used in WW2. You can really heat coffee or start a warming fire with these!!! Just break a piece off the bar and touch it with a lit match. Instant fire.

 

PRICE: $3.95

   
   

US WW II - Halazone Bottle

When it comes to authenticity, it's the small details like this that make your case. This is an empty reproduction of the "Halazone" bottle that was issued to all GI's in WW II, worldwide. Its purpose was to carry the water purification tablets, which is still a good idea today, especially when in the field.

 

Carry your modern water purification tablets (or your meds) in this bottle and you'll be safe and authentic looking.

 

Please note: two bottles are shown in the accompanying photograph, to give you a more complete look at the label. You are buying one bottle. No tablets of any kind come with the bottle - it is empty.

PRICE: $6.95

   
   

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