Enough to feed an army

The Center for Military History answers the question, "How the Military Eats?"

When we want to indicate a large amount of food, we sometimes say that it's "enough to feed an army." But how is an army actually fed? This month, the Center for Military History will answer that question with a temporary exhibit called "How the Military Eats."
Composed almost entirely of artifacts from Mr. Maisel's personal collection, the exhibit consists of a wide variety of canteens, cups and mess kits, dating from the American Revolution to the present day.
Among the display's highlights are:
  • A WWII-era Officer's Mess Chest, complete with china plates and silverware
  • Original pewter plates used in the Civil War
  • A WWI soldier's condiment can, with compartments for sugar, coffee, and salt
  • An original Union soldier's canteen
  • A can of drinking water supplied to the American army by Anaheuser-Busch, and affixed with the company's famous eagle logo
The exhibit also features several MREs (Meals, Ready-to-eat), still in their original vacuum-sealed plastic packs. With enthusiasm, Mr. Maisel explains how meals can be quickly heated, using a chemical FRH, or flameless ration heater. "These days, they have a wide variety of MREs," he says, "And they're actually really tasty!"

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