Supplying the Lost Battalion

International (Chicago) SoundPhoto, dated November 5, 1944

A "lost" battalion of U.S. infantry, cut off by German forces in the Belmont sector of France, was supplied for six days by artillery units who fired shells containing D-ration chocolate bars and halazone water-purification tablets inside 105mm howitzer shells. This photo shows the rations (six boxes of candy bars and three bottles of tablets taped together) being wrapped in cloth prior to insertion inside the shells.

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