Soldiers ration "Eiserne Portion"
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The set includes:
  1. 1 can of beef stew
  2. 1 briquettes of concentrated pea soup (150g)
  3. 2 pack of brittle bread "Knäckebrot" (125g. each)
  4. 3 sachets of ersatz coffee (8g each)

    Can of beef stew


    We paint each can in the color of feldgrau

    There are stamps on the top of the can:
    R - beef (stewed)
    КM-4 - manufacturer code
    42 - year of manufacture
    400 - weight (gram)


    Concentrated pea soup
    "Erbsensuppe"

    Briquette pea soup was part of various German dry rations during the war and was widely distributed in the Wehrmacht and the Red Army.

    Replica is a 150-gram briquette of this pea soup, suitable for use.

    Method of preparation:
    1 portion finely grind, pour 1 liter of clean water and boil for 15-20 minutes.
    Concentrated pea soup
    "Erbsensuppe"

    Briquette pea soup was part of various German dry rations during the war and was widely distributed in the Wehrmacht and the Red Army.

    Replica is a 150-gram briquette of this pea soup, suitable for use.

    Method of preparation:
    1 portion finely grind, pour 1 liter of clean water and boil for 15-20 minutes.

    Brittle bread "Knäckebrot"

    In a pack of 8 plates of rye bread, which are an excellent copy of the original bread used in the Wehrmacht during the war.

    The inscription on the reverse side is translated like this:
    Comrade! Do you know what Knäckebrot is?
    Knäckebrot is a whole-grain bread containing elements that you cannot refuse.
    Knäckebrot is the Foundation of your body and makes you resistant to diseases.
    Knäckebrot reduces thirst, so should be in your bag on the March, during exercise and fighting.
    Knäckebrot is a valuable addition to army bread.
    So, Comrade, evenly distributed Knäckebrot every day.



    Ersatz coffee "Gollner"

    Reenactment of the Wehrmacht, without a Cup of coffee in the morning is pure profanation. Copy of three small packages of ersatz coffee Gollner; present within 8g of barley coffee.

    Ersatz coffee "Gollner"

    Reenactment of the Wehrmacht, without a Cup of coffee in the morning is pure profanation. Copy of three small packages of ersatz coffee Gollner; present within 8g of barley coffee.

    Historical information

    Ideally, each German soldier was entitled to two hot and one cold dish from the field kitchen daily. In cases where the tactical situation did not allow the delivery of hot meals for 24 hours or more, an iron ration was provided. There were two types of rations: the Full iron ration "Eiserne Portion" and the Half iron ration "Halb Eiserne Portion". A full iron ration was stored in the field kitchen, and a half ration was given out to each soldier.

    Halb Eiserne Portionen (Half iron rations).
    The order to use rations was given by the company commander, platoon commander, or other commander if the unit was surrounded or cut off from supplies. After the half-iron ration had been consumed, it was necessary to report it immediately, so that supplies could be replenished.

    The composition of the ration:
    1. Canned meat. Daily allowance: 200 grams of meat or meat-containing canned food.
    2. Crackers. Daily allowance: 250 grams of crackers, cookies or rye bread.

    Crackers were Packed in special bags for crackers (Zwiebackbeutel). All rations, including the cracker bag, were stored in a rucksack, cracker bag, or A-frame bag.
    It is worth noting that the half iron ration was one of the components of other rations, such as emergency flight rations of the Luftwaffe, rations for coastal units of the Kriegsmarine, etc.

    Eiserne Portionen (Full iron rations).
    When normal supplies were stopped, the unit commander had to assess the tactical and logistical situation and determine how the troops would be fed and what food standards should be set. The question came to the fore: "How long will the situation last until normal supply is restored?". In the book "Der Feldkochunteroffizier" (manual on nutrition in the field), the author States that when the regular supply of food stopped, iron rations were issued to the hands. However, they were not issued in accordance with the typical composition of the diet. For example, instead of the standard 200 grams of canned meat, they could give out 60 to 100 grams, 100 grams of concentrates (Wehrmacht Suppenkonserven) instead of the required 150 grams, and 10 grams of coffee instead of 20 grams.

    The composition of the ration:
    1. Canned meat. Daily allowance: 200 grams of meat or meat-containing canned food. If possible, two portions (400 grams) or one large portion (850 grams) were given out.
    2. Crackers. Daily allowance: 250 grams of crackers, cookies, rye bread or canned bread.
    3. Vegetables. Daily allowance: 150 grams of canned or dried vegetables (Gemüse) or pea sausage (Erbwurst).
    4. Coffee. 25 grams of ersatz coffee.
    5. Salt. 25 grams of salt per day.

    Source of information: Jim Pool and Thomas Bock. Ration of the German Wehrmacht in World War II.
    Variations of rations:
    Period photo:
    Mark in the Soldbuch about receiving rations:
    "gekürzt eiserne Portion erhalten" - reduced Iron Ration to receive