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 ½ 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
½ 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 ½ ounces of bread or  
17 ½ of field biscuits or  
14 ounces of egg biscuit  
53 ounces of potatoes  
4 ½ ounces vegetables  
2 ounces dried vegetables  

One thought on “Soldiers food in the trenches

  1. jasmine / Reply June 28, 2015 at 7:43 am

    its cool to know the diet but ull should have even added the diet of the other troops

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