1980s ration packs.

#1
Evening gents, I have quite a strange request for help.
I work for English Heritage who have recently re-opened an ROC bunker in York for tours to the public.

I am after a source for the old 24 hour Ration Packs, as an ex-STAB I remember them having bacon burgers, beans, biscuits brown, tea, coffee, glucose sweets, soup etc., oatmeal? Was there a chicken supreme option as well? As the bunker closed in 1991, I am after late 80's production.

These were used in the bunker as emergency rations in the event of a nuclear strike, visitors I think would appreciate the chance to see what the ROC volunteers would have eaten.

Does anyone have any packs in their garage or attic, I could pay a small amount as a poor civil servant or donations could be rewarded with a free tour..

This is not a WAH, I would have to be sick to want to eat those biscuits again! :oops:

Please PM me if any old and bold find any.
 
#2
I've got some oddments left over. I think I have a tin of steak and kidney pudding and some similar loose items if they are of serious interest. My brother recently moved house and turned up an "emergency box" full of "survival" items and some oddments from ration packs. This was all stuff that I'd left behind! :D
 
#3
Thanks EX, I had some odds and sods left over as well in my folks garage.
But we are really after full packs to show peolple what these guys would have eaten.
I'd forgot the steak and kidney pudding-it was pretty good!
 
#4
Timbo74 said:
Thanks EX, I had some odds and sods left over as well in my folks garage.
But we are really after full packs to show peolple what these guys would have eaten.
I'd forgot the steak and kidney pudding-it was pretty good!
OK,

Feel free to let me know if you require other items I might have.
 
#5
Was it really Chicken Supreme? As I've been searching for the recipe and coming across something quite different from what we got in those olive drab tins.
 
#7
Ah Babies Heads and Mashed Pom.....Mmmmm
 
#8
Cake, Rich Fruit...lush! "Chicken in"...not so lush...brrr!

Menu A was my favourite, with Dayglo orange curry, until my lazy slug of a stuped b'stard driver drew 14 days rations - all Menu A. Cnut. I hope he is still stuck in the one-way system at Lemgo - it always used to defeat him in the eighties!
 
#9
How about "screech" the Orange or Lemon powder ? IIRC we also used it to shine up brass in place of Brasso......and the shiny Toilet paper that just smeared the poo around your bum......butter in tubes...and the milk...
 
#10
Quote..Cuddles.. Cake, Rich Fruit...lush!

We use to fry the Rich Cake, nice with a hot Brew...For Winners!!.. :D
Also we use to throw tins of "Cheese Possessed" at the German kids, without
the little tin opener.
Also Boilies were a favourite amongst the Germanic kids...:).. :wink:

And at the end of Ex, think it was either Ex Whirlygig Or Ex Keystone, the
good old "All in" anything left over from the past month went in the pot.
Made some right belly swellers...:).. :wink:
 
#12
Wouldn't it have been crueller to give the little Erichs the cheese possessed WITH the opener??
 
#13
Cuddles said:
Wouldn't it have been crueller to give the little Erichs the cheese possessed WITH the opener??
Bugger... :roll: So thats where i was going wrong.. :wink:
Schieser, Ich bien ein Dumbkoff... :wink:
 
#14
Try Overlord Militaria, Tonge Moor Road, Bolton...Tel 01204 398717.

They used to sell unopened 24hr ration packs only a year or two back....one of our lads bought some...I promply hijacked the cheese possessed! :D
 
#15
dubversion said:
How about "screech" the Orange or Lemon powder ? IIRC we also used it to shine up brass in place of Brasso......and the shiny Toilet paper that just smeared the poo around your bum......butter in tubes...and the milk...

As true as I live and breath, i had a blockage in the cooling system on my car (a 504 at the time) and the REME bloke said just put compo orange juice in it, I thought he was joking, but out of desperation I tried it and never had problems again. I loved the compo sausages in the 10 man packs!!!!
 
#16
You'll be hard-pressed to find bacon burgers, they were lush!
 
#17
You cant beat the good old pot noodle and a w@nk. Beats everything.
 
#18
Emmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Cheese Possessed and Fruit Cake on Buscuits AB!

Bacon what, effin' orrible shite!
 
#19
The finest breakfast I've ever had in my life was made up from a ration pack.

I'd been up (on Ex. ) for 36 hours and hadn't eaten anything for 24 hrs, mainly because we'd kept moving and I'd been either driving or on stag.

I came back from an LP to find that we were ordered to move again. I'd just got my mess tin and stove out.

Anyway, I was ordered to put my brew kit away because we were due to move. At this point, tired and hungry, I recall Cpl Grattan giving me half his chocolate bar and half a mug of hot chocolate drink that he hadn't finished. Fantastic! Best breakfast ever!
 

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#20
gallahad said:
Was it really Chicken Supreme? As I've been searching for the recipe and coming across something quite different from what we got in those olive drab tins.
It really was marked Chicken Supreme, though generally referred to as Chicken Extreme. It needed a lot of heat to get the white sauce (Freudian slip here: I reread this before posting and the first letter of the colour was "s2 not "w" ...) to boil properly, otherwise the texture was like jelly. A BV would do it nicely but it was very difficult to cook on a hexy burner or a petrol stove. Maybe it worked better reheated by the ACC in industrial quantities in a dedicated catering environment. It was still the blandest of all menus. By about 1982 ration packs containing this menu now appeared with Chicken In Brown Source in lieu of Chicken Supreme.

wrt olive drab tins, are you talking about individual 24 hour ration packs rather than composite (4-man and 10-man) packs? I only ever saw the yellow cans.
 

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