PARTIAL DINNER UNIT KITS

10-in-1, 1st half

Five Partial Dinner Units, together with other cartons, were packed in a corrugated box labeled "First Half of Five Rations". Five 4-ounce cans containing either an egg, cheese, or meat product were packed together with the other cans in a solid fiber board box labeled "Second Half of Five Rations".

10-in-1, 2nd half

Two "First Half", and two "Second Half" boxes were packed together in a solid fiberboard box enclosed with a solid fiber board sleeve. This is the 10-in-1 Ration.

This 10-in-1 Ration was designd to feed 10 men in the field without the aid of a field kitchen. Because it was packed on a double 5-ration basis it was possible to feed five men (like the crew from a M4 medium tank) at one time and leave the other five rations still packed in their protective packaging. The 10-in-1 Ration came in five different menu sets.

For more information go to the Partial Dinner Unit chapter.


None of the kits contain any foodstuffs, cigarettes or matches.

PDU kits


I have reproduced both “early” and “mid” production version.
The early PDU’s are according the specifications of August 1943 (8-43) and the mid productions PDU’s are of the March 1944 (3-44) specifications. The biggest difference is that with the 3-44 PDU’s  all beverages are fruit powders, where the 8-43 PDU’s #3, #4 and #5 contains soluble coffee.

PDU 1 complete

The PDU's are numbered menu's #1 thru #5. One kit contains a set of five PDU cartons together with its corresponding wrappers for the contents of that particular menu. I do want to point out that the cans were handed out straight from the "Second Half" box and did not came in an individual carton. Those cartons sold on the internet are fantasy items!

Left: a #1 (3-44) kit with biscuits and can plus key added, also showing the back of the main carton with malaria warning. Right: what you are receiving.

The advantages of these kits is that they do not need to fit a can inside or need to be waxed, nor do they contain any cigarettes.

I ship from the Netherlands.

Shipping within the EU:
$15 (with track & trace).

Shipping worldwide:
$25 (with track & trace).

Above shipping quotes are an indication.Depending on the number of kits you want I'll get back to you with a correct shipping quote. Once okayed, I'll send you a paypal invoice. Don’t forget to state which menu # you want.


Partial Dinner Unit (8-43) kits, $10:

One kit consists of:
5 x main carton of the same menu #; 
5 x beverage envelope (sticker plus mylar bag); 
5 x sugar packaging (cubes or carton);
5 x confection packaging; 
5 x cellophane bag;
5 x chewing gum wrapper.

(These are $10 because I made an error printing them. All had #4 on the front while it should've been the menu number corresponding with the menu number on the flaps. I corrected this by overprinting the #4 on the front panel with the correct number.)

The particular composition of each menu # is shown in the pictures below:


PDU#1 8-43

1a. Partial Dinner Unit #1 (8-43) kit (5 sets each) $10


PDU#2 8-43

2a. Partial Dinner Unit #2 (8-43) kit (5 sets each) $10


PDU#3 8-43

3a. Partial Dinner Unit #3 (8-43) kit (5 sets each) $10


PDU#4 8-43

4a. Partial Dinner Unit #4 (8-43) kit (5 sets each) $10
This PDU has a malaria warning on one side panel.


PDU#5 8-43

5a. Partial Dinner Unit #5 (8-43) kit (5 sets each) $10



Partial Dinner Unit (3-44) kits, $12:

One kit consists of:
5 x main carton of the same menu #; 
5 x beverage envelope (sticker plus mylar bag); 
5 x sugar packaging (carton);
5 x confection packaging; 
5 x cellophane bag;
5 x chewing gum wrapper.

All these cartons have the malaria warning on the back (as shown in picture).

The particular composition of each menu # is shown in the pictures below:


PDU#1 3-44

1b. Partial Dinner Unit #1 (3-44) kit (5 sets each) $12


PDU#2 3-44

2b. Partial Dinner Unit #2 (3-44) kit (5 sets each) $12


PDU#3 3-44

3b. Partial Dinner Unit #3 (3-44) kit (5 sets each) $12


PDU#4 3-44

4b. Partial Dinner Unit #4 (3-44) kit (5 sets each) $12


PDU#5 3-44

5b. Partial Dinner Unit #5 (3-44) kit (5 sets each) $12

















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