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by OzBloke
Tue Dec 03, 2019 10:17 pm
Forum: MRE/Ration Videos
Topic: Cuddons Freeze Dryers (Aus/NZ rations process).
Replies: 0
Views: 52

Cuddons Freeze Dryers (Aus/NZ rations process).

Cuddons is a NZ company that makes freeze dryers. I don't know for sure, but these are very likely the machines used for making the main freeze dried meal parts of Australian and NZ ration packs. In any case, this is the process that would be used for all freeze dried rations, so is interesting in t...
by OzBloke
Tue Jul 23, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: International Rations
Topic: WW2 Brit soldier's notes on Burma rations.
Replies: 3
Views: 1481

Re: WW2 Brit soldier's notes on Burma rations.

Thanks Steve. Your YouTube vids (which I really like watching) are what got me here to this forum. I'm ex Aussie AF, and our rat packs in training were the old Aussie Vietnam era style - no retort pouches back then - all hexie stoves, FREDs and 'Harvest' style M&V - which the old hands of the time r...
by OzBloke
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: International Rations
Topic: WW2 Brit soldier's notes on Burma rations.
Replies: 3
Views: 1481

WW2 Brit soldier's notes on Burma rations.

This is from a BBC site and it is an entry in a diary of sorts about the various rations he got while in Burma - US, Australian, Canadian and UK made rations get a mention. "...All the time that I was in Burma I was behind the Japanese lines and, apart from what we were able to buy from villagers, o...
by OzBloke
Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:14 am
Forum: Civilian MRE Reviews
Topic: Civilian canned meals (as used in 70s Aus ratpacks).
Replies: 2
Views: 1740

Re: Civilian canned meals (as used in 70s Aus ratpacks).

How did the cheese can to stove work? I can't find any 'net sources to support this, but anecdotally - "reasonably well". (I'd say depending on each stove - it only had to support the mess tin or dixie, or can you were heating and allow air to get to the hexy tablet. The cooking utensils would have...
by OzBloke
Sat Jun 08, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Off-topic or Other Videos
Topic: Camping by the river (Aus).
Replies: 3
Views: 1926

Re: Camping by the river (Aus).

Another Aussie 4WDer camp setup. (I like his handwash setup).

by OzBloke
Fri Jun 07, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Off-topic or Other Videos
Topic: WW2 CMP Trucks (Canadian Military Pattern).
Replies: 3
Views: 2220

Re: WW2 CMP Trucks (Canadian Military Pattern).

You might like this then Smitty?

(BTW, there is a Canadian site ('mapleleaf' I think) that is into CMPs in a big way).

by OzBloke
Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Off-topic or Other Videos
Topic: WW2 CMP Trucks (Canadian Military Pattern).
Replies: 3
Views: 2220

WW2 CMP Trucks (Canadian Military Pattern).

The US had the 'duece and a half' trucks, usually Studebakers I think. CMPs were designed and built in Canada starting pre WW2 (1936) at the instigation of the Brits, and used by all Commonwealth forces. There were various models. After the war they formed (in Oz at least) the basis of the medium tr...
by OzBloke
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: International Rations
Topic: D-Day? Action ration.
Replies: 0
Views: 1564

D-Day? Action ration.

Has anyone seen, or got information on the WW2, and I think they are specifically D-Day 'Action rations'? https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1273376979503831&set=gm.1122865724567019&type=3&theater And noting that here, at least, it is the 75th anniversay of the D-day landings - 'LEST WE FORGET'...
by OzBloke
Thu May 30, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Off-topic or Other Videos
Topic: Camping by the river (Aus).
Replies: 3
Views: 1926

Camping by the river (Aus).

The trees are different, the animals are different, even the light might be different to what some of you are used to?

by OzBloke
Wed May 29, 2019 6:37 am
Forum: Civilian MRE Reviews
Topic: Civilian canned meals (as used in 70s Aus ratpacks).
Replies: 2
Views: 1740

Civilian canned meals (as used in 70s Aus ratpacks).

You can still get them in Oz supermarkets - canned meals. These were a staple in Vietnam era Australian army ration packs. (Usually they contained 3 cans, the canned main meal, a canned desert - peaches, pears, or two fruits) and a small can of cheese. The cheese can was often modified with a can op...