Cooking in the Field

German soldiers often cooked in the field without the benefit of a field kitchen. To facilitate field cookery, some soldiers carried Esbit stoves which employed solid fuel tablets capable of boiling a mess tin of water. Other soldiers, especially officers, had access to Juwel cookers which were small gas stoves to cook on. When all else failed, soldiers could cook over an open fire. In order to improve the ability to cook over an open fire simple bushcraft skills could be employed such as making a windbreak or reflector or making an improvised spit do hang a pot or roast some food. The limitations of this were only the imagination and knowledge of the soldier and the availability of materials.

These photographs were taken from a number of online sources and auction sites.  They are presented here for educational purposes.  

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