Military History: Bread from the Second World War

Bread, as they say, around the head. It’s a little bit more than a person. But habitual regimes and nutritional standards during hostilities are rarely persist. So we have to supply improvise. And sometimes it works out very well. Therefore, today we will tell you by bread was solved in the Nazi German troops since World War II.

Fresh bread

The main problem – how to provide a soldier fresh bread There is a way for a vehicle to travel. Baker’s mouths – Backereikompanie. Bantaline battalion

The recipe was standard – plain wheat bread without any additives. The weight of the loaf is about 750 grams. So shared for two. In addition, it was printed on each loaf. The number corresponded to the date of manufacture. Therefore, it was possible to watch it.

As for the civilian population, they didn’t get a full-fledged bread so often. The rates on the cards are about 350 grams, which is frankly small. Fortunately, since 1917, a special ersatz-bread was actively produced in Germany – Kriegsbrot. In addition to the wheat, it was also rarely used. In short, it was so needed, but there was something needed.

Canned bread

This is perhaps what the moment is. No, the brain understands that absolutely nothing can be stuffed into a tin can. But that there may be a small a loaf of bread (10 * 12.5 cm on average) is difficult to understand. And it has been a normal practice since. Moreover, canned bread there is even now released.

Actually, the idea is beautiful. In the bank bread does not contact with air, therefore does not get stale. Suppliers – the very thing. In this case One can is a daily ration per soldier. All calories, vitamins, everything is saved. Even the taste of nothing. Slightly sweet, because of

All this was done, of course, in military factories. Standard banks, standard markings (we have already written about this), only the banks had the “BROT” stamp. In short, the thing is very, very effective.

Long-term storage bread

Purely theoretically even bread can be turned into a product of long-term storage. Without any cans and drying. And the supply of the Wehrmacht did it. The resulting product was a completely refined baked bread. It was 2-3 days after the autopsy. The serving size, however, was less than the standard loaf.

But the cooking process of bread did not become wide popularity. Yes, it was produced exclusively by the specialized army bakeries. However, some packed loaves were opened 60 years after production. It was possible to eat, although it was no longer so attractive.


Complete complete rejection of plain bread in favor of special loaves. They say they are healthier, lighter, more nutritious and there are more vitamins. Unbaked of bread. This technology was already known. Moreover, it was widely used to secure the front.

Especially often these breads were added to the rations, where the low weight and long term storage were critical. For example, they were often present in the emergency NZ – “Iron diet“It has been a little bit different.” scheme on the citizen left.

Crackers and biscuits

It is clear that it is not clear from the classic bread. This is what the biscuits were considered more nutritious, so that they are often packaged. However, there were no problems with the breadcrumbs on the front.


Standard soldier rations in some situations have been significantly upgraded. For example, it should be noted that it should not be a condition. therefore standard bread replaced by sweet biscuits. That, of course, is significantly complicated the life of suppliers.

The so-called “military pastry shop”. Hence a huge variety of brands, shapes and labels. In addition, their belligerent soldiers have something to eat and permitted for use. I’m a funny picture of our soldiers. And the Germans were the opposite. Well, until a certain time.

Actually, this was the case with by bread during World War II have our opponent. This is what you want to do.


Military history: Bread since the Second World War. Part 1

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