The D-Ration is also known as the D-Bar, Field Ration D, Logan Bar
Up to 450 million bars had been stockpiled by 1944!
Could withstand up to 50 degrees celcius
The D-Ration was a revolutionary feat of science that changed the way military chocolate was used throughout World War 2 (WW2).
Wars are usually the birth of rapid technological development due to the increased demand for a lead in the war. Chocolate had many uses throughout War time. Some of these uses include being used a disguise weapon to assist in the attempted assassination of Winston Churchill. Another thought is that chocolate was used as a medicinal supplement to boost morale and soothe various medical problems. These chocolate bars were obviously used as an emergency energy source. The last use, particularly used with the D-Ration, is for throwing the bars at unruly ARVN's who got to close to the tanks during a parade through the streets. ARVN's are members of the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam.
Different Uses For Chocolate During WW2
Chocolate for Health
A Piece to Assasinate Winston Churchill
High Caloric Protein Bar
Death by Chocolate
The leader of the German Troops, Adolf Hitler, disguised a small grenade to look like a popular chocolate bar. These chocolate bars had a thin layer of chocolate around the grenade which was then smuggled into Sir Winston Churchill's private dinner chamber where the attempt was then foiled by MI5's spy, Victor Rothschild. Rothschild asked a local artist to produce posters of the chocolate to then distribute to the general public to raise awareness of the exploding confectionery.
Chocolate has been used widely throughout the years, but as a drug particularly. Aztec's first began to used cocoa as a medicinal supplement, until the Europeans adopted their methods. A particular use of the chocolate medically, was to promote strength before a military conquest. Chocolate has been used like this because the natural sugars and fats contained in the cocoa beans speeds up brain function. This is referred to as a 'sugar high'. these 'highs' give troops a boost of energy before combat.