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Post by David C. Clarke » 08 Feb 2003 04:25

Did Russian Soldiers eat chocolate? Was it a part of their rations?
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Post by Starinov » 08 Feb 2003 05:29

As far as I know, it was part of american rations sent to USSR. Otherwise, Soviet soldiers did not have access to chocolate on the frontline. Also, I am not sure if that chocolate was not stolen for the black market upon its arrival to USSR...

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Post by David C. Clarke » 08 Feb 2003 22:18

Thank you Starinov for indulging me in my "weird question of the month".
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Post by Phaethon » 08 Feb 2003 22:57

Here's a little tidbit form: http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/wwii/stalingrad/rattenkrieg.aspx

Chuikov [Lieutenant General Vasily Ivanovich Chuikov. Commander of the 62nd Russian Army] also faced another threat to his army. With the Russian winter looming ahead, he faced problems of re-supply which could be insurmountable. Once the Volga was frozen over and able to bear heavy traffic, his logistical problems would be simplified. But for nearly three weeks, starting in the middle of November, drifting ice floes would make the river impassable for boat traffic. He stockpiled ammunition, husbanded his reserves, and warehoused 12 tons of chocolate bars for the coming crisis. In the weeks ahead, one half of one chocolate bar would be the daily ration for a Russian soldier fighting in Stalingrad. Chuikov complained that such measures were "cruel economies" to be imposed upon his army.


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Post by David C. Clarke » 09 Feb 2003 01:05

Excellent Phaethon and thanks. Let's hope these weren't the small 5 cents Hersey's chocolate bars that we post-war kids gobbled down.
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Re: Chocolate

Post by Krasnaya Zvezda » 09 Feb 2003 01:17

David C. Clarke wrote:Did Russian Soldiers eat chocolate? Was it a part of their rations?
Cheers, D


Some had some did not. This one did not:

http://www.merkki.com/russians.htm

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Post by David C. Clarke » 09 Feb 2003 02:18

Nice link Krasnaya!! Thanks! Best Regards, David

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Post by coldam » 10 Feb 2003 02:23

hi

Around my 6th birthday, I was given a bar of chocolate
(in June 1945)
by a Russian major quartered in our house
(see 'the day AH died').
I don't remember the taste,
- I do remember enjoying it.
Don't know whether it was Russian or not.

...peter

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