This 10 to 1 Box, Second half, is a reproduction of one of the components of the WWII 10-in-1 ration box.
A 10-1 ration was designed to feed 10 soldiers. A complete 10-to-1 master box contained 4 half boxes – 2 First Half and 2 Second Half. The 10-in-1 master box could be broken apart to create two 5-to-1 rations. The two second-half boxes contained duplicates of the same food, so that the ration kits could be broken apart and issued to smaller, 5 man squads.
This box, the second half, contained the canned goods, as well as soap and towels or toilet paper. Depending on the meal, the can goods included canned meats and cheese, vegetables, evaporated milk, and soluble coffee. The first half contained dry goods and partial K-ration boxes.
There were 5 different menus. The menu number was printed, stamped, or hand-written on the box in black ink. The menu #’s are left blank so that you can write in your own menu number. We recommend using a stamp or a fat, chisel tip marker.
The 10-1 ration was standardized in June of 1943 to replace the earlier 5-1 rations. The box notates 5 rations because the 10-1 was designed to be used both as a whole squad ration or to be split into two 5-to-1 rations. The Army described it as “an improved 5-in-1, packed two to a case to produce a 10-in-1 ration.”