Combat Ration Five Man (empty)

Accession Number REL37393
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Foodstuff
Physical description Foodstuff; Foodstuff – empty, Paper, Plastic, Tin
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 2003 - 2004
Conflict Afghanistan, 2001-2021
Iraq, 2003-2013

Olive drab rectangular tin with separate lid. Both the lid and base are embossed with the legend 'Recycle Whenever Possible'. Designed to contain five Combat Ration Five Man (CR5M) Ration Packs; this example has been used and the tin is empty.

History / Summary

Empty ration tin which originally held five combat ration packs, intended to be used by five defence members for one day, or one member for five days. Developed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) at Scottsdale in Tasmania with reference to the latest findings in nutrition and food science. This particular example was packed in 2003/2004 and is typical of the rations supplied to Australian forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The rations are accompanied by a green information sheet which details contents of the five meals supplied; see REL37392 for a complete listing of the contents of the five CR5M menus. Empty ration tins of this type have been encountered being reused as seats or storage containers.