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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2007 14:38 pm 
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HIYA ,ONE HERE FOR THE EXPERTS ? can any one offer opinions if this is an original 24 hour ration carton please , it is thick card glued together ( no staples ) and is covered with a heavy thick clear wax , the printed paper instruction slip is dated 1943 and the list of contents make no mention of tins only packets and meat blocks , i know these are reproduced for the reenactor but have never seen a copy /or original one to compare ,any comments please shout up regards ,Pugwash.


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The half depth lid is interesting, the repros from the USA I've seen both had full depth lids so it's not one of those. Polar Bear did some in the UK a while back but I never saw one.

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looks very much like a motion pics one.

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There was a big chat a couple of years back on the subject of these boxes. I seem to recall the opinion was they were mostly grey. There are few photos of the original and most veterans I've talked to dont remember the box at all.

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I had one rom Polar bear years ago and yes they were grey, just a thought if they only fitted in the larger mess tin, you tend to put the smaller mess tin in the other side so where do you put your second water bottle that you were supposed to carry?

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Here are some pictures from a 24hours rationbox that was on sale at Ebay some months ago..... it went for a three figure sum.... not bad for some waste cardboard!

I can not garantuee these pictures below show an original, but it looks very original to me. The box has been made from straw-filled-cardboard / carton, and the repro's are made from recycled paper cardboard / carton.
I only say this because I havn't got enough reference material to back this theory.

What I can say with 100% confidence is taht the rationbox on display at the Pegasus Bridge museum in Normandy IS AN REPRO! It has been donated to the museum as a "gap-filler" and comes from the same 1st series that was on sale by Motion Picture Props.

The grey coloured repro 24hours rationboxes are the second series made and they only need a coat of wax to make them spot-on.......

Have a good look, and draw your own conclusions...... :wink:

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There are two really good sources in america, here they are ,
http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/pegasuspro ... index.html
http://reprorations.com/WW2-Britain.htm

I belive you have neither , but a good copy all the same. Post pictures of the instruction sheet???

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There are two really good sources in america, here they are ,
http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/pegasuspro ... index.html
http://reprorations.com/WW2-Britain.htm

I belive you have neither , but a good copy all the same. Post pictures of the instruction sheet???


Sorry to say so, but the 24 hour ration contence from "repro-rations.com" is 100% fantasy..... and DOES NOT reflect any simmularity with the original contents of a 24hoursration.

Will try to post an original photo a.s.a.p.......

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I have made some 24 hour rations for the guys in our unit, using available foodstuffs, I would appreciate seeing a real ration/items to see if I can get ours any closer. I too think that most of the stuff in repro-rations items are fiction, including the spoon can-opener.

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can someone say what are the dimensions in cm of the British 24 hrs ration box ?

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naaficook wrote:
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There are two really good sources in america, here they are ,
http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/pegasuspro ... index.html
http://reprorations.com/WW2-Britain.htm

I belive you have neither , but a good copy all the same. Post pictures of the instruction sheet???


Sorry to say so, but the 24 hour ration contence from "repro-rations.com" is 100% fantasy..... and DOES NOT reflect any simmularity with the original contents of a 24hoursration.

Will try to post an original photo a.s.a.p.......



Ye gads, their WW1 British rations are just as awful

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Looking forward to the photo... Thanks in advance

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ive been messing about and heres the measurements ive got (minus a few mm to make life easy). all are taken off the MPP 24 hr ratbox-
total lenghth=19.5 cm
height=18 cm
measure in 2.5cm each side this forms the wall (2.5x14.5x2.5)L (2.5x13x2.5)H
do this twice-top n bottom.
the liner in side is 4.5 cms tall. mine is two lenghths of A4card.
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