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March 31, 1945

MEDICINE AND THE WAR

JAMA. 1945;127(13):858-859. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860130118014

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Abstract

ARMY 

ARMY INCREASES CALORIES FOR OVERSEAS COMBAT RATIONS  The War Department recently announced that more nutritive elements are being included in the C and 10 in 1 combat rations for our troops overseas. The standard ration for overseas troops, wherever they have regular access to the army kitchens, is the B ration. This ration, which already provides approximately 3,900 calories per man daily, has been found to be ample for the average soldier and remains unchanged. When troops go into combat, however, they are cut off from their mess facilities and for this reason must depend on packaged rations. The 10 in 1 ration, a packaged ration that is the next thing to the food provided by the soldier's regular mess, now provides 4,150 calories per man daily, as compared to a former caloric content of 3,927. The C ration now provides 3,700 calories, compared to the 2,775 calories.

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