The United States kept their fighting force moving through their use of high calorie meals and the ease to prepare them. The United States Department of Agriculture researched the use of long-lasting meals by taking advantage of dehydration and freeze drying plants (Thomas). As a result the USDA came up with five specifically designed rations to eat in the field (United States Military Ration). First, they had the A-rations and B-rations which were the most treasured; they were made in kitchens and consisted of fresh or canned foods. The C-ration was a previously cooked meal that was ready to be consumed. Also, the United States soldiers carried K-rations, which were used in combat situations and had 2,830 calories, but were only to be eaten for short durations. The K-ration also carried cigarettes, chewing gum, and instant coffee (Nash). Lastly, the D-ration, which was called the emergency ration, provided high calorie content with things like chocolate (United States Military Ration). In the each of the rat...
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