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Topic: General History

Short History of the Quartermaster Corps

New! Quartermaster Corps History Timeline 1775-Present The Quartermaster Corps traces its origins to 16 June 1775. On that day, following General Washington’s address accepting command of the Army, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution providing for “one Quartermaster General of the grand army and a deputy, under him, for the separate army.” Major General […]

Changes in the Uniform of the Army 1774-1895

1774-1895 [Captain OSCAR F. LONG, A. Q. M., U.S. A.] (Note:  This is a 38 page booklet published by the U.S. Army Quartermaster’s Department in 1895 that gives an excellent overview of uniform changes since the American Revolution.  The author, Captain Long, was a distinguished Quartermaster who had earned the Medal of Honor as an […]

Evolution of the Uniform

By War Planning and Training Division, O.Q.M.G. The Quartermaster Review – March-April 1928 THE UNIFORM (Hat-Blouse-Breeches-Shoes-Leggins) INTRODUCTION The word “uniform” is derived from the Latin words “unus,” one, and “forma,” form, and includes the different styles of dress adopted by the Military and Naval services to secure the distinction required.  Since the military profession has always […]

Operational Rations Current and Future March 1963

Operational Rations Current and Future March 1963 Prepared by: Armed Forces Food and Container Institute 1819 W. Pershing Road Chicago 9, Illinois Contents Preface iv Introduction 1 General Feeding 4 Standard B Ration 4 Ration, Small Detachment, 5 Person 6 Meal Combat, Individual 8 Special Feeding 10 Food Packet, In-Flight, Individual 10 Ration, Individual, Trail, […]

Feeding Our Soldiers

By MAJ. Louis C. WILSON Q. M. C. The Quartermaster Review – May-June 1928 Overview of Army Rations from the Revolutionary War to 1928 FROM THE wielding of a club by the primitive cave man to the handling of modern scientific and effective implements of warfare by the profes­sional or emergency defender of a nation, the physical condition of […]


RATIONS Conference Notes Prepared by The Quartermaster School For the Quartermaster General January 1949 THE HISTORY OF RATIONS History has known feeding problems Long before Napoleon uttered his now famous words, “an Army travels on its stomach,” much thought had been given by warring nations to the problem of providing nourishment for their fighting men. […]

Army Operational Rations – Historical Background

Gives an excellent historical overview of Operational Ration development from the Revolutionary War to the end of World War II.  Focuses on World War II development and fielding of the C, D, K, 5 in 1 and 10 in 1 rations. From Chapter 1 of “Special Rations for the Armed Forces, 1946-53”, By Franz A. […]

Fresh Foods for the Army, 1775-1950

by Herbert R. Rifkind The movements of an army are necessarily subordinate to its means of subsistence; or, as Marshal Saxe expresses it, to considerations of the belly.                                                                                      –Winfield Scott The basic importance of wholesome food to armies and navies has been acknowledged by military men from the very beginnings of organized warfare. […]

The Army Food Service Program: Then and Now

Glen C Morris Quartermaster Professional Bulletin-Summer 1992 Ever since the U.S. Army drew its first “line in the sand” at Lexington, MA, in the days of the American Revolution, commanders have been responsible for providing their soldiers with quality subsistence in a variety of environments and tactical situations. From the establishment of the first formal […]

City Point: The Tool That Gave General Grant Victory

Captain Robert O. Zinnen, Jr. Quartermaster Professional Bulletin – Spring 1991 A person standing on the banks overlooking this harbor and the massive facilities surrounding it would have been amazed at the sights and sounds. A vast fleet of ships stretched as far as the eye could see. The harbor’s port facilities consisted of eight […]