Soldiers at “Rest”

Only a tiny fraction of any soldier’s time was spent in combat. The vast majority of the time, the army was in camp.  Camp life was exactly a time of rest and idleness.  Uniforms and arms required daily attention, food had to be cooked, firewood collected, shelters built and the near endless work that caring …

“Seven Rations” for the 18th Century Soldier

For regiments of the British Army, each mess (five or six men) was issued one bowl, one platter, one ladle, one cooking kettle, six trenchers (a plate on one side and a bowl on the other), and spoons. Using this equipment, the men were to prepare, cook, and eat their “seven rations” of food. Each …