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Title: Canned Rations

Date: ca. 1900

During war times, it can be difficult to provide food for soldiers on the move. Sometimes the enemy targeted transportation routes to disrupt supplies of food, water and ammunition. Other times troops had to move quickly, and couldn't bring bulky supplies. For those times, it was important to have specially packaged rations. The soldiers called the ones made for the South African War "iron rations" - dried biscuit and beef - they were so hard they were like iron.

Collection Area: Military and Mounted Police

Rights Holder: Collection of Glenbow Museum

Catalogue No: C-9206

Image No: P0006211

Learn More:
This artifact can be used in conjunction with The North-West Mounted Police: Policing the West education guide from the online teacher's resource series 21st Century Learning: Links to Our Collection.

This artifact is also featured in the online exhibition Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta.

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