Hardtack, hard tack biscuits
Posted 11 July 2009 - 07:41 PM
Posted 11 July 2009 - 07:53 PM
I also have a meat can with a piece of hard tack in it.I got this in a WW1 88th Division group.
Posted 12 July 2009 - 07:40 AM
Does it taste as bad as the history books say?
I just picked up a couple of pieces of WWI hardtack this past week: while I have cooked up some MRE's to see how they taste, and as a kid opened up some cans of C rations, I think I'll have to pass on the 90-year-old hardtack. :pinch:
Posted 12 July 2009 - 02:50 PM
I bought this 1880's meat can years ago at a flea market for $2. The seller apoligized for the food that was still in it. I told him not to worry about it.
Interesting, I'm surprised the seller didn't decide to toss out the hard tack.
Posted 15 July 2009 - 08:35 PM
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Posted 16 July 2009 - 07:40 PM
AGM had an original box of hard bread on their web site a few months back. As I recall it went for $1200.00. I asked the size of the box and they replied 8" x 2 1/4" x 2 1/4".
Assuming a little space on the sides of the box I would guess the cracker itself would be 2 inches square.
Posted 23 July 2009 - 02:49 AM
There is an original piece of hardbread or "hard tack" at Sharlot Hall that was carried by a Rough Rider, it is a round sea-biscuit type as pictured above.
I have also seen a type with is a rectangle. Its about the width of a standard square piece, but is about 50% longer! I believe it to be from the 1900-1910 era before the Army went to the boxed hardbread from what little evidence I have. It was associated with a collection of items from that era.
Posted 23 July 2009 - 07:10 PM
The piece on the left appears to be a piece of German issue hardbread (assuming it is about 11cm in diameter). The Bill Combs collection had a piece with provenance and was stamped in the center with a "WJ" cypher. AGM sold the better part of the Combs collection of Imperial goods in it catalog 76 this past February.
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Posted 24 July 2009 - 06:31 AM
For fun, here are some others for comparison. I know this is a US forum, but as shown above - doughboys would end up with foreign rations.
WWI British hardtack biscuit with soldier's souvenir inscription.
German WWI hardbread ration
French WWI Hardtack Ration and issue container
Pre-war US hardbread ration. Each soldier carried two of these in his pack, along with a canned meat 'emergency ration' and the regular meat ration inside his bacon can.
WWI US hardbread ration. Same contents as the pasteboard container above, but packaged in a solder sealed tinned iron container. This was found to be necessary to protect the ration from being spoiled by poison gas fumes.
And just for grins, the US emergency ration.
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