American Red Cross Prisoner of War Food Package No. 10

Physical Description
Brown cardboard box, marked with a red cross and lettered in black "American Red Cross Prisoner of War Food Package No. 10 for Distribution through the International Red Cross Committee."
General History
Filled by Red Cross volunteers in the United States, in cooperation with the army's Quartermaster Corps, these boxes were then shipped to the International Committee of the Red Cross warehouse in Geneva Switzerland. From Switzerland, the boxes were shipped to the nearly 1.4 million Allied prisoners of war held in Germany. The boxes usually contained the following: army spread, canned bacon, luncheon meat, salmon, dehydrated corned beef, canned-cheese product, soluble coffee, powdered milk, and chocolate D bars. Non-food items included: toilet paper, soap, paper towels, can opener, needles, thread, patching cloth, vitamin capsules, salt, and tobacco.
Object Name
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issuing authority
Red Cross
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
average spatial: 12 cm x 24.5 cm x 24.5 cm; 4 3/4 in x 9 5/8 in x 9 5/8 in
made at
United States
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
related event
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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