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German Einmannpackung (EPa)

Germany uses a ration called the Einmannpackung (Combat Ration, Individual), or EPa for short. Each EPa is intended to provide two substantial meals. From what I've been told, there used to be four menus, or "Types" of EPas - Types I, II, III, and IV. When the two Germanies reunited, the Bundeswehr felt that there would no longer be any need to stockpile rations so they started phasing them out. Shortly after that, however, Germany was called upon for UN Peacekeeping duties and the German planners had to revive the rations for the troops. During this revival, they settled back into having three EPa Types.

Each EPa has several heavy duty foil trays containing things like Green Beans with Ham, Italian Noodles, Goulash, or Pea Soup with Bacon. They also contain two smaller foil "cans" of bread spreads such as liverwurst or luncheon meat spread. The meal box also includes instant fruit juice powder, instant coffee, instant tea, powdered cream, a really good chocolate bar, sugar, salt, gum, jam, water purifying tablets, and paper towels.



Current EPa Menus

GERMANY - Einmannpackung Contents
 
Type Number
Ingredients Listing
Grams
I
II
III
Comments
   
Main Courses

 

Lentil Stew With Sausages
300
1
Tagliatelle Bolognese
300
1
Cevapcicci (Yugoslavian Sausages)
300
1
Goulash With Potatoes
300
1
Vegetable Stir Fry With Tofu
300
1
Vegetarian
Beef Patties With Tomato Sauce
300
1
Beef only
Sandwich Spreads
Beef Sausage
50
1
1
Beef only
Lyoner Sausage, Beef
50
1
Beef only
Cheese Spread, Plain
50
1
Cheese Spread, With Green Peppercorns
50
1
1
Liverwurst, Coarse
50
1
Beerwurst
50
1
1
Jam, Apricot
25
1
1
Jam, Black Currant
25
1
1
Jam, Sour Cherry
25
1
1
Bread & Biscuits
Bread, Whole Rye, Sliced
170
1
1
1
Biscuits, Digestive
125
1
1
1
Beverages
Instant Coffee
3.5
2
2
2
Creates 300 ml
Tea Bags
1.2
2
2
2
Creates 400 ml
Fruit Beverage Powder Mix, Assorted Flavours
32.5
4
4
4
Creates 400 ml, with Vitamins & Minerals
Snacks
Fruit Salad

150

1
Cream Of Wheat
150
1
1
Chocolate Bar
50
1
1
1
Chewing Gum
Package
1
1
1
10 Pieces
Accessories
Coffee Whitener
3
2
2
2
Sugar
12.5
4
4
4
Salt
1.5
1
1
1
Miscellaneous
Paper, Multi-Purpose (Toilet Tissue)
Pieces
4
4
4
Moist Towelette, Plain
Pieces
1
1
1
Matches
Book
1
1
1
Water Purification Tablets
Strip
2
2
2
Each Strip Holds 4 Tablets
Sheet, Contents Listing
Pieces
1
1
1
Plastic Bag, Multipurpose
Pieces
2
2
2

(click here for a MS Word version of the menu, courtesy Mirage)

Each EPa comes with a sheet listing the contents. Click on one of the images below for the full-sized version: