Ration, Emergency, British, D-Day, No. 4 Commando, V. Ayling
Scarce genuine WWII British Emergency Ration, intended for use when out of reach of any other food. Made up of about 0.3 pound of solid, vitamin-enriched chocolate containted in a sealed tin box, this particular type of ration was only issued on the occasion of special operations -- one single box per person. It was not to be eaten, except by order of an officer -- either chewed in small pieces or ground up and mixed with hot water to make a sustaining drink. Distribution and use of the Emergency Ration decrease from 1944 onwards, following the introduction of the 24-Hour Ration.
In complete, unopened condition, the present ration is dated September 1943 and belonged to a member of No. 4 Commando who landed on Sword Beach on D-Day, prior to heading to the Merville battery -- V. Ayling, service number 10587477.
An amazing museum-quality relic.
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