red_cross_package-r72

This list of contents for American Red Cross “Standard Package No. 8” was provided by Matt Brazil and Bonnie Jacobsen (née Brazil).

I am pleased to share it.

The Red Cross document above reads:

Form 1631-P
Feb. 1942

American Red Cross
STANDARD PACKAGE NO. 8
for
PRISONER OF WAR
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FOOD

CONTENTS

Evaporated Milk, irradiated – 1 – 14 1/2 oz. can
Lunch Biscuit (hard-tack) – 1 – 8 oz. package
Cheese – 1 – 8 oz. package
Instant Cocoa – 1 – 8 oz. tin
Sardines – 1 – 15 oz. tin
Oleomargarine (Vitamin A) – 1 – 1 lb. tin
Corned Beef – 1 – 12 oz. tin
Sweet Chocolate – 2 – 5 1/2 oz. bars
Sugar, Granulated – 1 – 2 oz. package
Powdered orange concentrate (Vitamin C) – 1 – 7 oz. package
Soup (dehydrated) – 1 – 5 oz. package
Prunes – 1 – 16 oz. package
Instant Coffee – 1 – 4 oz. tin
Cigarettes – 2 – 20’s
Smoking Tobacco – 1 – 2 1/4 oz. package

The WW2 US Medical Research Centre website has some interesting details on Red Cross food and medical parcels and first aid kits, including photographs of contents.

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