Comparison of Field Rations Exposes the Diet of War
Exhibition looks at the field rations of international armies to explore cultural diet and institutions
It’s said “an army marches on its stomach” — an old aphorism that describes how important food supply is to any army. Military history is full of warning anecdotes of what happens when a military force gets cut off from its supply lines, or simply travels too far from their source.
Artist Guilio Lacchetti has added to the body of work about this strategic truism with his exhibit K-Ration which exposes and explores the field rations of 20 different armies.
The exhibit is named for the daily food package of the U.S. Army during World War II, designed to be carried by individual soldiers as part of their standard kit. Although known by different names in different armies, the concept is practically universal among organized armed forces. Lacchetti’s exhibit includes daily field rations from countries including Denmark, Estonia, Israel, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.