Soldiers food in the trenches

Soldiers food in the trenches

Food for soldiers in the trenches during World War One was at times considered a luxury. Getting decent hot food from the field kitchens to the front line trenches could be impossible when a battle was either imminent or in full flow. When soldiers were at stand-down, food was easier to acquire and both British and German troops could expect certain food to be available with a degree of frequency.

The theoretical daily rations for a British soldier were:

20 ounces of bread

1/10 gill lime if vegetables not issued

16 ounces of flour instead of above

gill of rum

3 ounces of cheese

maximum of 20 ounces of tobacco

5/8 ounces of tea

1/3 chocolate optional

4 ounces of jam

4 ounces of oatmeal instead of bread

ounce of salt

1 pint of porter instead of rum

1/36 ounce of pepper

4 ounces of dried fruit instead of jam

1/20 ounce of mustard

4 ounces of butter/margarine

8 ounces of fresh vegetables or

2 ounces of dried vegetables

The theoretical daily rations for a German soldier were:

26 ounces of bread or


17 of field biscuits or


14 ounces of egg biscuit


53 ounces of potatoes


4 ounces vegetables


2 ounces dried vegetables


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