Battlefield Rations: The Food Given to the British Soldier by Anthony Clayton

By Anthony Clayton

The paintings has been compiled from records within the Royal Logistic Corps Museum at Deepcut, from memoirs, letters and interviews, and from the excellent choice of regimental histories within the library of the Royal army Academy Sandhurst. All royalties as a result of writer for this e-book could be despatched to the military Benevolent Fund, the warriors’ Charity.

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Soldiers were expected to pay for their food by deductions from their meagre pay, though after 1873 bread or biscuits were supplied free. The meat when not fresh was ‘bully beef ’, a term derived from the French boeuf bouillé, boiled beef. When tinned it was light and could be carried for long periods without serious deterioration, being without fat it was healthy and nourishing and easy to eat warmed up or cold if soldiers were very tired; it could also form the basis of stews. However, it could soon become monotonous, affecting soldiers’ appetites day after day.

The first of these is Mrs Gillian James who has patiently and thoroughly managed to decrypt my crab-style handwriting into type; this is no mean feat, and Gillian braved it freely as anxious as I to help the Army Benevolent Fund. John Card balanced my total lack of modern electronic communication with his own expertise, greatly facilitating research and the quest for photographs. Ned Willmott, an old and valued friend from the Sandhurst of the late 1960s onwards has helped me in a number of ways ranging from constructive criticism to help with transport to and from the Sandhurst Library.

For his work on the French Army he was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. He has contributed chapters to several other works including Dresden, A City Reborn, Volume 4 of the Oxford History of the British Empire and the forthcoming Cambridge History of War. His most recent work, Warfare in Woods and Forests, was published in 2011. Battlefield Rations, he hopes, will make a useful contribution to the Army Benevolent Fund to which all royalties due to him are to go - a mark of respect for soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan, many returning in need of help.

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