The Army meant for these small boxes to be used to distribute servings of ice cream to troops. However, several Airborne veterans’ accounts mention that these boxes were, at the last moment, handed out to paratroopers as air sickness boxes prior to the D-day jump.
For troops in hot weather conditions in North Africa, CBI, and the Pacific, ice cream would have been quite a treat. Interestingly, this box notates that it’s packaging be disposed of in the manner of other front-line rations, despite the reality that it was likely only a rear-echelon food.
This WWII Ice Cream Box is an exact reproduction of the original box in our collection. The box is empty. It is perfect for your D-Day or Airborne display. However, we can’t promise that it will successfully double as a sickness box in the event that you attempt to use it during the D-Day reenactment.