American Red Cross Prisoner of War Food Package No. 10

American Red Cross Prisoner of War Food Package No. 10

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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.
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Other Terms
box; General Collection
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issuing authority
Red Cross
made at
United States
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
ID Number
catalog number
nonaccession number
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Price of Freedom
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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