Thursday, November 8, 2012

Feeding the Troops, WW II Style

     In addition to blogging, I work as a volunteer museum guide at the National Infantry Museum in Fort Benning, Georgia. The museum includes an outdoor display named World War II Company Street, consisting of restored "Series 700" buildings constructed during WW II. Over 30,000 Series 700 buildings were constructed during the war years, but the National Infantry Museum houses the only fully preserved set  (one of each type) of these buildings in existence. More information on the museum is available at http://www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org.
     This past weekend the museum hosted a living history event with  "Kelly's Zeroes", a local group of US Army WW II re-enactors. I volunteered to serve up some US Army WW2 chow for the re-enactors The menu included 1941 beef pot pie, 1941 field bread and 1943 cinnamon rolls. I'll post the cinnamon roll recipe in the near future.

Makeshift cooking area and chow line.


Inside the mess hall. The mess tables and benches are reproductions built to original specifications.
Posing with an "Army Range No. 5". Unfortunately, due to the potential fire hazard, the stoves are not set up for use.
I couldn't resist the temptation for a picture with
the BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle)


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