Rations in British Army 1797~1815

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  1. Noticed this when reading a book on the Penninsular Campaign recently~ was staggered and will never slag off what was the ACC again. I guess those on PAYD should stop whinging as well!

    The amount of alcohol was staggering [the rum wasn't 'grogged' either] and listed seperately to the 3 or 4 pints of beer that were drunk in place of dodgy water ~ I'm surprised that any who fought there and made it back could remember where they'd been!
    [TABLE="class: MsoTableGrid"]
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    [TD="width: 223, bgcolor: transparent, colspan: 2"]RATIONS IN BARRACKS
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    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Item
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]Amount
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Flour, bread
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]1.5lbs
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Beef or Pork
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]1lb
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Peas
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]¼ pint
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Butter or cheese
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]1oz
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Rice
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    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]1oz
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    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 223, bgcolor: transparent, colspan: 2"]RATIONS ON CAMPAIGN
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    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Item
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]Amount
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Bread
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]1.5lbs
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Beef or Mutton
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]1lb
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Unground wheat
    Or Potatoes
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]2lbs
    [/TD]
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    [TR]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]
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    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Wine or Rum
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]1 pint or ½ pint
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    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
     
  2. Wot, no screech?
     
  3. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    I read somewhere long ago that 'The British empire was built by men who never drew a sober breath.'
     
  4. 1/2 a pint of rum and I'll fight anyone! Always was a lightweight.........
     
  5. It is why we do not win wars anymore, the idea of doing that sort of thing sober is plain silly.

    And to quote Lord Raglan: It will be a sad day for England when her armies are officered by men who know too well what they are doing- it smacks of murder
     
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  6. Not much roughage there, bet they were digging it out with a spoon or bayonet!
     
  7. I hope that's an indication that tea and custard were off-ration.
     
  8. Brotherton Lad

    Brotherton Lad LE Reviewer

    Not with wholemeal bread, proper live beer and plenty of physical work.
     
  9. Meat would normally be 'on the hoof' or salted and there were lots of local options for carbohydrate: rice in India is the most obvious. The Army was never really keen on wine, beer or rum were the two preferred choices when choice existed. The population as a whole drank far less water, because it wasn't safe, and more booze, because it was: tea or coffee would have been options for officers but were too expensive for the rank-and-file.

    Naval rations were similar but with the addition of dried vegetables when fresh weren't available and both services made use of lemon (not lime) juice as an anti-scorbutic.

    The supply of rations was the preserve of the Commissariat which wasn't formally part of the Army. Its officers weren't much liked, especially at the start of a campaign before they'd learned their trade. In Spain one failed to feed the 3rd Division on time and was threatened with hanging by Picton if the food didn't appear by noon the next day. He appealed to Wellington, who simply told him that Picton was a man of his word so he'd better get a move on!
     
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  10. No, that's what amoebic dysentery and cholera were for.
     
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  11. Anyway, I dont think they'd have liked you back a couple of centuries with a user name like that, I've just finished the section on virtually summary executions! Shit, they didn't mess about.........
     
  12. The rum/beer was supplied thus in order to be watered down, not drunk neat. Drunk on duty flogging offence if not worse when sozzled in sight of johnny foreigner.
     
  13. Maybe that amount of rum & beer goes some way to explaining why firearms of that time have gained a reputation of 'not that accurate'?
     
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  14. [TABLE="class: MsoTableGrid"]
    [TR]
    [TD]Item
    [/TD]
    [TD]Amount
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Bread
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]1.5lbs
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Beef or Mutton
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]1lb
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR]
    [TD="width: 115, bgcolor: transparent"]Unground wheat
    Or Potatoes
    [/TD]
    [TD="width: 108, bgcolor: transparent"]2lbs
    [/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]

    I see from your avitar that you've been on the above diet? Need a sword or spoon?
     
  15. Oh god not the BAOR SLR story again!!!! :shakefist:
     
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