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Italian Special Combat Food Ration

(Razione Viveri Speciale da Combattimento)

Italian Combat Rations  Italian ration  Italian ration contents

The Italian Armed Forces (Forze Armate) use a ration called the "Special Combat Food Ration" (Razione Viveri Speciale da Combattimento). Each individual ration is enough food for one soldier for one day. A single ration is approximately 30 cm x 23 cm x 10.5 cm with a weight of 2.3 kg. Each meal bag contains three boxes - one for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for supper/dinner. These rations use canned food instead of the retort pouches seen in the US, British, and Canadian rations.

Italian combat rations come in seven different menus, called "Modules", which are labeled A through G. Each Module is also assigned a color, which is indicated on the meal bag by a sticker of that color. See the menu listing below for a list of the modules and colors. The official NATO code for these rations is 8905-15-147-6202.

Italian rations have a "Use by" date that is two years after the ration is produced. So a ration such as the one in the pictures below (see "Ration Label" picture) which was produced in December, 2002, is best used by December, 2004.

Front of ration Back of ration
Ration front Ration back
Ration label Description on back
Ration label Ration description

Italian ration vs. US MRE and vs. German EPa
Italian vs. MRE  Italian vs. EPa


Alcohol ration

Alcohol ration Two of the seven Italian ration modules (B and F) contain an item called "Cordiale/bevanda alcolica", or Cordial/alcoholic beverage. This is a 3 cl "shot" of a brandy-like liquor in a plastic bottle. The specification for this particular ration item say it must be no less than 70 proof (40°) alcohol and "Its appearance should be clear, pale yellow amber, with a pleasing smell and taste."

Italian Combat Rations - 2007 Menu

Meal
Module A
Yellow
Module B
Red
Module C
Gray
Module D
Green
Module E
White
Module F
Pink
Module G
Blue

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Biscuits, sweet
Fruit jelly
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Coffee
Chocolate bar
Sugar
Water purification tablets
Cereal & chocolate bar
Fruit Jam
Cappuccino
Tea, sweetened
Cordial, alcohol
Sugar
Water purification tablets
Biscuits, sweet
Fruit jelly
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Coffee
Chocolate bar
Sugar
Water purification tablets
Biscuits, sweet
Fruit Jam
Cappuccino
Tea, sweetened
Chocolate bars
Sugar
Water purification tablets
Cereal & chocolate bar
Fruit jelly
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Coffee
Chocolate bar
Sugar
Water purification tablets
Biscuits, sweet
Fruit Jam
Capuccino
Tea, sweetened
Cordial, alcohol
Sugar
Water purification tablets
Biscuits, sweet
Fruit jelly
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Coffee
Chocolate bars
Sugar
Water purification tablets
L
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c
h
Tortellini in sauce
Beef, canned
Crackers
Mixed fruit
Vitamin tablets
Coffee
Bran crackers
Sugar
Pasta and beans
Turkey, canned
Mixed fruit
Vitamin tablets
Coffee
Bran crackers
Sugar
Tortellini in sauce
Sausage, canned
Crackers
Mixed fruit
Vitamin tablets
Coffee
Bran crackers
Sugar
Ravioli in sauce
Tuna and peas
Crackers
Mixed fruit
Vitamin tablets
Coffee
Bran crackers
Sugar
Ravioli in sauce
Pork, canned
Crackers
Mixed fruit
Vitamin tablets
Coffee
Bran crackers
Sugar
Minestrone
Beef, canned
Crackers
Mixed fruit
Vitamin tablets
Coffee
Bran crackers
Sugar
Tortellini in sauce
Sausage, canned
Crackers
Mixed fruit
Vitamin tablets
Coffee
Bran crackers
Sugar
S
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p
p
e
r
Minestrone
Tuna in oil
Crackers
Coffee
Sugar
Fruit cereal bars
Rice salad
Beef slices
Crackers
Coffee
Sugar
Energy bar
Pasta and beans
Mackerel in oil
Crackers
Coffee
Sugar
Fruit cereal bars
Minestrone
Beef, canned
Crackers
Coffee
Sugar
Fruit cereal bars
Pasta and beans
Chicken, canned
Crackers
Coffee
Sugar
Fruit cereal bars
Ravioli in sauce
Tuna with beans
Crackers
Coffee
Sugar
Fruit cereal bars
Rice salad
Turkey, canned
Crackers
Coffee
Sugar
Eenergy bar
 

Accessories (per Module):
3 x disposable toothbrushes for dental hygiene
1 x box of matches
6 x towelettes
3 x toothpicks
3 x trash bags
1 x salt packet


1 x camp stove
6 x fuel tablets
2 x plastic cutlery (one for lunch and one for dinner)
1 x plastic spoon for breakfast
1 x instruction sheet
Packaging:
- Primary: cardboard boxes for food
- Secondary: vacuum-sealed bags.

Official Menus in Italian

2007 Menu and accessories 2003 Menu 2001 Menu 2000 Menu
2007 Menu 2007 Accessories 2003 Menu 2001 Menu 2000 Menu

Links: Official Italian Minitry of Defence combat rations information

PDF copy of latest official rations technical specifications: Razione viveri da combattimento (edizione 2007) - S.T.314/U.I.


Sample Italian Combat Ration

Module G, the individual meal boxes contained within, and the contents of one of the boxes
   

Sample lunch and supper
 


Labeling

Prior to 2004, all Italian Combat Rations were labeled in both Italian and English. However, starting in 2004, they removed the English from the packages:

2002 Ration 2004 Ration 2002/2004 rations side by side

1998 Module B Contents

Meal bag, boxes inside

Breakfast Lunch Supper

Misc. Italian Combat Rations Pictures

   

   

 

Credits: Thanks to the following people and sites for information and pictures - Beppo, Housil, Juifahrer, Namachan/Adventure-World, Die Kampfzuteilung