Argentine ration?

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Argentine ration?

Post by laughing_man » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:29 pm

I found the pictures of old Argentine(?) rations at the site about the Fauklands War.
http://militariamalvinas.forumcommunity.net/?t=49700886
What do you think?

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Re: Argentine ration?

Post by laughing_man » Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:37 pm

Here is the pictures of the British ration of the Fauklands War era.
http://militariamalvinas.forumcommunity.net/?t=49701044

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Re: Argentine ration?

Post by cavguy » Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:37 pm

TANG! Hahaha too funny.

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Re: Argentine ration?

Post by donaldjcheek » Thu Apr 05, 2012 4:53 pm

The "Racion C/F" was developed on orders by Maj. Mario Alfredo Carbajal Rosa of the Argentinian Army QM Dept, on 2 April 1982, specifically for use in the Falklands/Malvinas.

At that time, troops were normally fed cooked rations from mobile field kitchens or trucked out from garrison (the Ejercito de Argentina of the time was more of an "internal" army, not an expeditionary force) . The little used "Emergency Ration" became the basis for the C/F, to which he added more canned items, instant drinks and soups, and supplementary items - including a small bottle of whiskey to "combat the cold."

As laid down, the Racion C/F contained mostly canned and dried items, and should have provided a theoretical 4500 - 5000 kcal per day. The ration contained two large canned meals (ravioli, meat & beans, sausage & beans, meat w/Fideo pasta, Mondongo (tripe stew), canned fish, beef stew, or corned beef) for dinner & supper, plus crackers, jam, canned meat spread, instant coffee, hot cocoa, instant fruit juice powder, sugar, chocolate, chewing gum, caramels, toilet paper, cigarettes, matches, solid fuel tablets, a disposable ration heater, a small bar of soap, a disposable razor, and a plastic spoon. Also included was a small bottle of whiskey and a religious or political tract, usually depicting the Virgin Mary or one of the Saints.

Although the ration was intended for general use, in practice it was issued only to officers and special troops. Enlisted personnel got old stocks of the emergency ration, containing far less food, a smaller pack of cigarettes and none of the niceties such as chocolate or whiskey.

After the war, the near-starving Argentine soldiers were quite upset to find huge stocks of the Racion C/F stored in the officers quarters in Port Stanley.

A civilan commission after the Falklands War determined that the Racion C/F was "adequate"
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racion Argentina.jpg
Argentine Rations in the Falklands
Argentine officer ration.jpg
Argentine officers ration
Argentine EM ration.jpg
Enlisted Troops ration
"I think," said Christopher Robin, "that we ought to eat all our Provisions now, so that we shan't have so much to carry."

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Re: Argentine ration?

Post by Bypah » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:19 am

donaldjcheek wrote: Although the ration was intended for general use, in practice it was issued only to officers and special troops. Enlisted personnel got old stocks of the emergency ration, containing far less food, a smaller pack of cigarettes and none of the niceties such as chocolate or whiskey.

After the war, the near-starving Argentine soldiers were quite upset to find huge stocks of the Racion C/F stored in the officers quarters in Port Stanley.

A civilan commission after the Falklands War determined that the Racion C/F was "adequate"
Remember that during that time Argentina was ruled by a military dictatorship that treated both the soldiers and the people like crap. The war was used as an excuse to perpetuate the military in power but it backfired. :shock: :roll: :mrgreen:
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Re: Argentine ration?

Post by donaldjcheek » Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:37 pm

I know. Not only that, the military junta actively sold the war to the Argentinian civilians. Immediately after the invasion, the Army began public food drives, asking people to donate canned goods for the ration packs. (You can see a lot of colorful commercially-packed cans in photos, with a plain white or tan label pasted over it.) And each pack contained a letter or card from a school child addressed "To an Argentinian soldier," along with a piece of paper stating, "This ration was packed by volunteers, men and women from your community. WE ARE WITH YOU."
"I think," said Christopher Robin, "that we ought to eat all our Provisions now, so that we shan't have so much to carry."

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