1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

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1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by Name_not_found » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:13 pm

Today a well aged German ration:

1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II
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Tape still intact
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Open lid
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Papers moved
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Loose packets moved
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Menu Front, Margarine crossed out
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Back of Menu
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Zoom of the English menu and instructions. They seem serious about the water tabs, i will not be using them
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Contents, no margarine
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Some trash bags, one with handle one with out and tissues
This ration was in amazing shape for 19 years old,i think its in good shape for being new even, this was stored well before i got it.
That said I dont think the box would hold up to much compared to an MRE bag.

The ration is a little heavy, but much lighter than an Italian ration.

Everything looks intact and safe hopefully i can eat them all.
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Re: 1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by Name_not_found » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:25 pm

Lets take a closer look at the contents, starting with the food

The captions are rough translations of each item
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Lentils and Hot dogs
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Goulash
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Lard Meat and Bloodwurst
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Crackers
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Salt
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Drink Mixes
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Coffee and Tea
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Sugar and Whitener
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Apricot and Cherry Jellies
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Chocolate and some Dandy Candy
Looks like a decent amount of food, the candy and chocolate are a nice touch also.

All packages are intact!
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Re: 1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by Name_not_found » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:36 pm

Now for some non food items that were inside.
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Water Purification tabs
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Back
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These had a nice warning on the instruction sheet, so i wont be testing them but they look similar to other tabs
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BB Tissue i think is was a moist towelette
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It looks funny on the back like it leaked
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Bone Dry, but otherwise its ok
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20 of something not sure what
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A book of matches
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They are wooden! a book of wooden matches very nice
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I didn't cover the bags and napkins they are bags and napkins.

Standard items otherwise, no utensil though i assume they were issued seperatly.

The matches are unique, i will be saving them, You just dont see a book of wooden matches too often
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Re: 1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by sw342pd » Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:08 am

Oh my god, vintage EPA - I can remember! Nice item - I`m very interested if it is still edible.
The problem with the wet tissues is well known, they lost the alcohol over the years.

The warning on the water purification tabs is not to swallow them!

and the Matches are fine, arn`t they? "Bundeswehr mit Sicherheit Ja" - I still have some stickers like them...


good review so long,

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Re: 1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by housil » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:42 am

Great pics, thank you for sharing them :D
Name_not_found wrote:
This ration was in amazing shape for 19 years old,i think its in good shape for being new even, this was stored well before i got it.
I had a 19 years old EPa entree before - don´t worry :wink:

Cold war period EPa´s were designed to be stored up to 20 years - serious! The Bundeswehr always had 600.000 EPa´s "in stock". Every 10 years they rotated the "old" EPa´s out and store new one´s in. Once a week you had an "EPa day" in the installation where the "old" EPAs were served as lunch to the troops.

I´m too curious if do you do a review how do you like it.


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The cold war EPa containers were different from the curret. They had an sqaure shape and were very solid, you had to cut them open. No oxigen could move (diffuse) inside and spoil the food.

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Three different "Gulasch" containers from 1984, 1999 and 2003
Name_not_found wrote: That said I dont think the box would hold up to much compared to an MRE bag.
A MRE bag is a single meal (1.200kcal, 700gr), an EPa is a 24hrs ration with breakfast, lunch and dinner = ~3.300kcal by a weight of 1,6kg
If do you compare three MREs (3.600kcal) to one EPa (3.300kcal) -you are right. If do you have to carry one EPa (1,6kg) or three MRE bags (2,1kg) - you will miss the EPa :mrgreen:


The chocolate

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is a dark chocolate. The biggest advantage is it does not melt into great heat like in a dessert :wink: and also prevent from the need to go tot the bathroom :mrgreen:

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Re: 1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by Name_not_found » Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:04 am

The rest of the review will be posted shortly, i had an interruption that needed to be handled.

What do the matches mean?
I like the hedgehog thing, where can i find some decal's

Housil i meant that the cardboard box will surly wear out in the field faster than a airdrop-able MRE outer bag, (packaging not food amount)

I have about 70 more photos/7 posts left, stay tuned.
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Re: 1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by housil » Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:22 am

Name_not_found wrote: Housil i meant that the cardboard box will surly wear out in the field faster than a airdrop-able MRE outer bag, (packaging not food amount)
Oh - I see :oops:

The cardboard was for storage only. Once distributed to the troops, you spread all the food out over your whole equipment like into your gas mask carrier, into your sleeping bag, pockets etc.
What do the matches mean?
I like the hedgehog thing, where can i find some decal's
It say´s "Bundeswehr with safety/security Yes"
That was the slogan from 1980 to the end of cold war. I have had decals back there, but that´s +20 years ago...

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Re: 1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by ak70g2 » Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:44 am

I had 3 "classic" EPa's last year from Housil (and I want to thank him again), was my food on SAR traning course, and now I'm struggling with an Menu VII EPa from Lars/sw342pd. My 4 years old niece already robbed me on cereal bar, juices and chocolate, I didn't gave her the Dextrose... My pation stash is almost empty, so I'll start to pile again for next training course in August. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: 1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by Name_not_found » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:22 am

Lets eat!

I will start with a continental breakfast.
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Coffee first
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This one didn't make out so well no O2 scavengers so this took one for the team, this is common in rations with no scavengers
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Second pack was fine, so were the sugar and whitener
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Not that great, the whitener didn't want to dissolve, the coffee was ok nothing like the Italian coffee. I ended up getting some chunks of whitener and tossed the rest of the cup
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Lets try this again with some tea
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Much better looking than the coffee
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Ok this is a nice cup of tea, i didnt want to try the other whitener so just tea and sugar
, very nice
Coffee was not good
Tea was nice, not great, but it would hit the spot when needed.
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Re: 1993 German Einmannpackung Typ II

Post by Name_not_found » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:36 am

I will have some crackers and jelly to round out breakfast
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Armor Plates by another name
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Seal was perfect, like opening a can of tennis balls
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A few are cracked but most are intact. These are very good, i tested one dry, its almost like candy, sweet and crunchy, and they didn't make me thirsty!
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Cherry Jelly
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The tin was fine, there was some liquid but mostly a solid jelly
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Smell was very nice, it is clear and dark no chunks or pulp of any kind
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Very good on the crackers
Hartkeks are very good!
They are very hard but chew easily, not drying at all.
I ate one pack dry before even opening the jelly, which has the calories of a meal i have heard.

Jelly was nice nothing special, other than its a cherry and i haven't had that kind yet in a ration.
Not too sweet, good solid jelly that spread well on the hartkek.

Hopefully i can save a few crackers for the rest of the ration :lol:
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