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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 22:30 pm 
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Gallahers Blue Cigarettes - http://www.mediafire.com/view/?pf0md0xlpoad3pb
Park Drive Cigarettes - http://www.mediafire.com/view/?b7i7x8we733k8t0
Despatch Rider's Docket - http://www.mediafire.com/view/?9i159pycadyzhsm
Field Service Post Card - http://www.mediafire.com/?bk4ghh2a2g53myl
24 Hr. Ration Box - http://www.mediafire.com/?hdn1931vgxkunv7


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Still looking for the dimensions of the 24hr ration box & how far "down" the lid goes" & the size of the end of a 14 Men Comp crate.

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Gasx3 wrote:
Still looking for the dimensions of the 24hr ration box & how far "down" the lid goes" & the size of the end of a 14 Men Comp crate.


Hi,

Dont know if this will answer your compo ration question, behind the picture is the size of the box.

http://photos.kitmaker.net/data/12038/571rations1.JPG

My friend is the curator of the D-Day museum and he sent me the dimensions of their 24 hour ration box. If I still have the email I will ping it over, please supply your email.

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Great picture there, thanks. I need to figure out the height of the box & the distance between the two uprights so I can size a stencil to fit.

Have PM'ed you my e-mail.

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Here we go then, with many thanks & much kudos to Paul here's my first bash at a template for the 24Hr. ration box.

If you spot problems or can suggest how the construction can be simplified/improved, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

http://www.megaupload.com/?d=8YW7CE1G

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That was swift work! Have fun waxing them.

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Just spotted some info in the ABCA War pamphlet of mdecember 25, 1943:

The first Composite Ration Pack containing 12 men's comlete rations for one day, was built up of standard tinned foods...

The Present (14-man) Composite Pack was built around two things, the gross weight of the final package and the size of the standard 9-lb. biscuit tin. ...

...(for tins) the sizes decided upon were the A.1 tall (the type that holds the M. and V. and Salmon) and the A.2 1/2, the larger size (in which, for instance, tinned fruit are normally packed). These tins had the advantage of being equal in height, and diameters of four of the small tins were equal to three of the larger...

... At another factory I saw the 24-hr Ration being packed. This goes out in a waterproofed cardboard box, about 6 ins. long, 5 ins. wide and 2 1/2 ins. deep......

The boxes were filled by hand, placed on a conveyor belt, sealed off with a tape at the end of the belt, and then packed, 18 at a time, first in hessian-backed paper and then into stiff cardboard boxes for storage..

The complete article is about 7 pages long and takes up half the pamphlet.
Soon out as a repro.

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Here is dimensions of 14-men Compo Ration wooden box from The British Soldier Vol.I (Jean Bouchery).
lenght: 55 cm
width: 36 cm
height: 28 cm
total weight: 30 kilos

And thanks for the chance to download your paperworks. Are very well made, come on. :wink:


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A couple of quick glimpses of the 24hr ration showing it in the small mess tin and shows the sides go only about half way down. Also shows a soldier pulling parts for a brew.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=55084


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A couple of quick glimpses of the 24hr ration showing it in the small mess tin and shows the sides go only about half way down. Also shows a soldier pulling parts for a brew.

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=55084


Outstanding, thanks for posting. They were hard men in them days drinking straight from that red hot mess tin!

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Something for the weekend?

My original was printed on pale green paper and the contents were wrapped in a kind of greaseproof paper.


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Super Monty!

Could you send some photos of your original here? I've never seen it.


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I would do if I can find it. I made the replica in 2006. It's been on my ephemera website since then. In mine the contents had turned into dust... a warning to us all!

In the meantime there's one here ...

http://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/resu ... width=1280

I understand 'Leedo' brand condoms were also available but I haven't seen a pack for one of those except for these.

http://www.ssplprints.com/image/132556/ ... -1935-1965

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