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NVA-Ration K-Portion

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:42 pm
by housil
After I found the Holy Grail, I was looking for a real challenge :wink:

NVA former East German Army, called Nationale Volksarmee ration
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called K-Portion
"K" is for the east German (Russian) word "Komplekt".
As there was no (west) German word for Komplekt, there is also no English one.

They came in this boxes
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of four (kidney shaped) rations

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There have been two different types
K-Portion/1 and /2
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The difference was just the entrees and the pates.

Packing list taped to each box
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Note the to be used at bottom, not printed but perforated numbers 17 8 91 = Aug 17th 1991
Also the shelf life of just 26 month

Top view
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Contents
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2 canned entrees
4 pates
1 canned bread
1 chocolate w/ vitamines
4 bags of "camping tea"
2 bags of salt
1 bag of 10 water purifying tabl.
3 bars of solid fuel
1 matches

2 canned entrees
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Yellow peas w/ potatoes and bacon
Green beans w/ potatoes and beef

NVA-Ration K-Portion Part 2

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:44 pm
by housil
Pates:

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pork w/ gravy

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Onion-liver pate
Mortadella

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Tea

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Chocolate

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Accessoires packs with solid fuel, water purifying tablets, matches

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Salt (the only item with russian letters)

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Canned bread


All items seemed civilian, even the pates have still the "recommended sales price" printed on.


Rudi (jubifahrer) and me opend the (bulky), expired 1991 cannes of entrees and pates.

He or me will post the pic´s later. Less worse than expected :wink:

Re: NVA-Ration K-Portion

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:37 pm
by jubifahrer
Olli made me very happs today, iam proud to call him my friend.

As we were sitting for a cup of coffe in my kitchen he give me one old NVA ration as a late christmas gift.

wwe decided to open the bulky cans.

maby Olli can write some comments under my pictures:
red = Olli


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Opend Schmalzfleisch pate pork w/ gravy expired 1991. Smell was still OK, can not bulky

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Entree green beans w/ potatoes and beef, bulked can, noise of air escaping while opening. Very suspicious, sour smell, spoiled for sure

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Entree yellow peas w/ potatoes and bacon, can not bulked, smell ordinary,

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After removing the contents from the entrees, you could see and smell that the acid from the dish had reacted with the can surface. Inedible I guess after that
Modern way of Torgau, east meets west
:wink:


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Unsuspicious 2nd Schmalzfleisch pate

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Shrinked inside the can pate, very nasty smell, spoiled for sure

Genuine sealed and packed in foil K-Portion right before opening by Rudi
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Re: NVA-Ration K-Portion

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:41 pm
by jubifahrer
All the rations looked very well and we opened everything very carefully.

also we used for the cans a tupperware safety can opener.

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Note bulky cans

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Lentiles w/ potatoes and bacon, smell was normal "sour" lentil flavor

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Some beef with noodles, very liquide sauce, the "orange balls" are the seperated fat


bye

jubifahrer

Re: NVA-Ration K-Portion

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:41 pm
by Garron
EAST GERMAN RATIONS!!!!!!!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

Sweet, where did you find them?

Best before date 1991, The Borders opened November 9th 1989, must have been one of the last rations made, Germany reunified 3rd Oct 1990... No NVA after that.

Gaz

Re: NVA-Ration K-Portion

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:03 pm
by dirtbag
Great find !
Did you do the Cat test?

Re: NVA-Ration K-Portion

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:09 pm
by norge
no taste test?? :lol: :lol: :lol:

did it smell bad or did you and jubifahrer use gasmasks?

cool pictures!!!
cheers norge

Re: NVA-Ration K-Portion

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:25 pm
by jubifahrer
dirtbag wrote:Great find !
Did you do the Cat test?
as i have no cat, we couldnt do that.

but my dog alway looked very interested when i put the content of the cans in the trash. but as i love here very much i decided to give her nothing.

bye

jubifahrer

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Re: NVA-Ration K-Portion

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:26 pm
by housil
Garron wrote:EAST GERMAN RATIONS!!!!!!!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

Sweet, where did you find them?

Best before date 1991, The Borders opened November 9th 1989, must have been one of the last rations made, Germany reunified 3rd Oct 1990... No NVA after that.

Gaz
Gaz, I´m collecting rations for over 25 years now. Lots of patience, research and a little pinch of luck :lol:

See the genuine written advise I got with them. Written in 1989, valid from 01.01.1990 :shock:

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You are right, very last issue.



The reason why they areso rare is, when East Germany felt apart in 1990, they have sent most of the NVA rations as an aid (or revange - who nows :wink: ) to Russia as they had a winter deseaster in 1989/90.

This are the most NVA K-Portion pictures at the whole www I bet 8)

Re: NVA-Ration K-Portion

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:38 pm
by Garron
Pinch of luck is right, all I have seen for sale is the Iron Rations (compressed biscuit type in a small metal tin, E-portion I think).

Its the most photo's I have seen, I have seen a few on various websites but most are the same ones over and over again also there is very little information on them, I searched in English and German using google.de and found very little.

Revenge sounds about right :D The border guards (Grenztruppen) had the best deal, a field canteen with food being brought to you in large boxes that kept the food warm( similar to the US ones, the name I cant remember)

Gaz