Unknown. Photo by Tom Shoupe, 1968. Company B, 1/7 Cavalry.
Red Cross, guns, rations
Combat Ration Packs and Ammunition Laid Out for 5RAR Infantrymen
‘C’ packs and ammunition laid out ready for 5RAR infantrymen about to begin an operation, 1970. Photo by Carole Talty. Vietnam Veteran comments: "We had a mixture of Australian and American C [Combat] rations. We preferred the American for the greater variety… in the Australian packs we would keep the tins. There were two tins. One for morning, one for evening and ‘dog biscuits’ for lunch. A tin of margarine, a roll of toilet paper, which was like greaseproof paper and no bloody good anyway. Box of matches, sachets of sugar, a tube of condensed milk, tea bags… sachets of coffee, a packet of rice and that was it, but we’d keep the two tins, condensed milk, tube of jam. Oh a bar of chocolate. Yeah, keep that. A packet of lollies as well, we’d keep them. Jam, rice, and that was about right. The cereal box and the dog biscuits. Stuff them. Throw that away. Get rid of all the extraneous crap and just keep what you need."