RAOC Mobile Bakery Bread

#1
With regard to the above. I believe it used to be the most dense material known to man. Now I have two questions:

1. When was the last time it was available?
2. Is it still the most dense material known to man?

:lol: :?:
 
#2
After a few days it certainly was tough but I'm not sure it was the hardest.... dried on Weetabix has to get that honour.

It was good to have bread that was made reasonably local and supplied in bulk to the troops even when they were on exercise. Now you may see bread in the field but it is never in the quantity that it was. My only complaint at the RAOC bread was that it told you on the packet what day of the week it was made.... in fact that's all it told you. No ingredients, no nothing. So you knew what day of the week it was made.... just not which week!
 
#3
There used to be a mobile bread oven exhibit in the ASMT museum at Beverly E Yorks

Last used in the Falklands I believe


Don't know where it is now as the museum closed down
 
#4
I remember it wrapped in waxy paper with the day of the week it was made printed on it. Only ever really saw it on ex or while on stag where it used to turn up with a sweating lump of prossesed ham & or cheese & a bag of apples. Was it a BAOR thing as I can,t recall seeing it in the UK or anywhere else?.

Regards LT.
 
#5
Plant-Pilot said:
After a few days it certainly was tough but I'm not sure it was the hardest.... dried on Weetabix has to get that honour.

It was good to have bread that was made reasonably local and supplied in bulk to the troops even when they were on exercise. Now you may see bread in the field but it is never in the quantity that it was. My only complaint at the RAOC bread was that it told you on the packet what day of the week it was made.... in fact that's all it told you. No ingredients, no nothing. So you knew what day of the week it was made.... just not which week!
Guys
I was a CQMS in that unit which housed the RAOC bakery in Germany, and here are the hard facts, no preservative in it, so when Master Chefs froze the bread to save money, it fell apart when unfrozen, the bakery was baking very night 7 days a week, non stop. Chefs could have had bread every day and fresh, I wont go into who the only ones that had fresh british rolls made for them daily (a clue would be not the troops on the ground)

Apart from the NAAFI in (then) BAOR it was the only 'british style' bread available, if nobody liked it, they could have got the 'black with bits in' flat bread from Aldi's... mmmmm lovely... NOT
 
#6
The AMF(L) had the last mobile bakery as part of the Log Sup Bn. They were still making srangely sweet bread when I was there in 92. There party piece was to do an RLC Capbadge in bread that ran to about 2 foot tall.

After a long FTX it was always nice to smell fresh bread wafting around camp, better then being on hard tack.
 
#7
Didn't this stuff also do the rounds in Cyprus for a long time? Made quite good knee and elbow pads I seem to remember....
 
#8
I remember the one in the Falklands in '83. we went down to look at it one day. Give the lads their due, they worked hard and the bread was, at that time, the only supplement to compo, from memory, other than rice. I remember at BIFFI, some idiot invented a powdered cream machine so we had bread and cream, compo and cream, rice and cream, till the bakery started turning out rock cakes etc. good lads they were, and of course the bakery was cunningly close the the local boozer on the jetty
 
#10
91 Squadron of 9 Supply Regiment have mobile bakeries, which are have been used on most major Loggie exercises up to date, considerable money was spent on new Bakery Units in 96/97. They have been known to branch out and make pizza too (yum yum).

91 also has the LRT (Local Resources Team) who go in and buy all your local provisions and services on exercises or ops. The Mobile Bath & Laundry Units who run showers for exercising troops in tents and the Laundry Skids (should) be used for hospital bedding, but often do your dhobie on longer exercises., and finally Ration Troop who provision all your fresh and compo rations and keep you fed via your CQMS's. :roll:
 
#11
I remember the bread being in the cookhouse in about '92 in waxed paper in printed wrappers with a RAOC badge on them. I'm sure it also had a brand name (Sunblest baked under licence?). Might be imagining that though. I also recall seeing an RLC version for about 3 months in '93 then it all seemed to go to standard UK civvy bread.

This was in Germany at 5 Ord Bn, Nieheim.
 
#12
The BAOR bakery was in the old Rochdale barracks in Bielefeld, For some reason they always used the Tuesday wrapper, and as I was based in Ripon Barracks I often had to do the ration run, including a bread pickup at the bakery. The bread would still be warm and soft when we put it in the back of the 4 tonner and rock hard when it got to our camp just 2 miles away. Bizzarre stuff.
 

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#14
General Melchett said:
I remember the bread being in the cookhouse in about '92 in waxed paper in printed wrappers with a RAOC badge on them. I'm sure it also had a brand name (Sunblest baked under licence?). Might be imagining that though. I also recall seeing an RLC version for about 3 months in '93 then it all seemed to go to standard UK civvy bread.

This was in Germany at 5 Ord Bn, Nieheim.
.

a strange clue to your identity i was there also.......
 
#15
Percy_Pigeon said:
General Melchett said:
I remember the bread being in the cookhouse in about '92 in waxed paper in printed wrappers with a RAOC badge on them. I'm sure it also had a brand name (Sunblest baked under licence?). Might be imagining that though. I also recall seeing an RLC version for about 3 months in '93 then it all seemed to go to standard UK civvy bread.

This was in Germany at 5 Ord Bn, Nieheim.
.

a strange clue to your identity i was there also.......
Ahem.....so was I, and it wasnt baked under licence its was just good old RAOC bread, the clue to my trade is in my nickname.
 

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#16
emptyeye said:
Percy_Pigeon said:
General Melchett said:
I remember the bread being in the cookhouse in about '92 in waxed paper in printed wrappers with a RAOC badge on them. I'm sure it also had a brand name (Sunblest baked under licence?). Might be imagining that though. I also recall seeing an RLC version for about 3 months in '93 then it all seemed to go to standard UK civvy bread.

This was in Germany at 5 Ord Bn, Nieheim.
.

a strange clue to your identity i was there also.......
Ahem.....so was I, and it wasnt baked under licence its was just good old RAOC bread, the clue to my trade is in my nickname.
Only 3 of you in the coy I left in Nov 92 so I could guess.

As for the good general there was a few AT’s to choose from, but looking at the sense of humour I can think of 2/3 candidates.

I can’t be that difficult to work out either if you follow my threads.

Strange fact though there was only 40 odd in the company as it was drawing down by then and 3 of us on one thread.

Oh the memories (Sh1thole)
 

oldbaldy

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#17
Storeman Norman said:
Didn't this stuff also do the rounds in Cyprus for a long time? Made quite good knee and elbow pads I seem to remember....
Mid - late 70s. NAAFI were caught freezing bread. Stupid people put it on the shelves with a frozen middle. Master baker then used dated wrapping.
 
#18
Speedy said:
The BAOR bakery was in the old Rochdale barracks in Bielefeld, For some reason they always used the Tuesday wrapper, and as I was based in Ripon Barracks I often had to do the ration run, including a bread pickup at the bakery. The bread would still be warm and soft when we put it in the back of the 4 tonner and rock hard when it got to our camp just 2 miles away. Bizzarre stuff.
Thats quite right - the unit in question was 64 Ord Coy RAOC/RLC.

Whilst, he was a butcher, not a baker, my dad was a member of this unit and then AMF(L) Sup Coy in the mid to late 80's, both of which ran bakeries.
 

ugly

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#19
oldbaldy said:
Storeman Norman said:
Didn't this stuff also do the rounds in Cyprus for a long time? Made quite good knee and elbow pads I seem to remember....
Mid - late 70s. NAAFI were caught freezing bread. Stupid people put it on the shelves with a frozen middle. Master baker then used dated wrapping.
We still got it in the JRs cookhouse mid 80's frozen in the middle, didnt seem to matter as pointed out it was the best thing since sliced bread anyway. Making mash potato and gravy sarnies seemed to be the best I can remember though it was popular on the toasting rack. Back in UK I dont recall what we had. As an aside the QM gave our NCO cadre a lecture on what it cost to feed a Bn and how the cookhouse worked. Amazed at how much dosh the PRI and NAAFI paid into our food fund, with that remark I hit the bar to ensure my fellow soldiers eat well!
 

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#20
Speedy said:
The BAOR bakery was in the old Rochdale barracks in Bielefeld, For some reason they always used the Tuesday wrapper, and as I was based in Ripon Barracks I often had to do the ration run, including a bread pickup at the bakery. The bread would still be warm and soft when we put it in the back of the 4 tonner and rock hard when it got to our camp just 2 miles away. Bizzarre stuff.
I was told by a wise old baker that they used no additives or preservatives, that gave it a shelf life of until it was cold.Hence the wrappers and its reluctance to being frozen
 
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