B-Unit Contents

Reproduced below are some lists of the B-unit's contents as it progressed during the war.

The contents as of 1939 when it was first standardized. These are the 15 oz. cans. All three B- units are the same.

- 9 Biscuits (4.5 oz.)
- Sugar (0.5 oz.) [4(?) sugar tablets]
- Soluble coffee (0.3 oz.) [Aluminum envelope.]


In December 1940 the amount was reduced and the 12 oz. cans were used from now on. By now a confection was introduced. Again all three B-units are the same.

- 5 Biscuits (2.5 oz.)
- 3 Sugar tablets (0.6 oz.)
- Soluble coffee (0.25 oz) [Slip-type can sealed with tape.]
- Chocolate fudge (1 oz.)


In August of 1941 the chocolate fudge was substituted for hard candy, in September the use of caramel candies were allowed, but discontinued after three months due to keeping problems. From December the plug-type can for the coffee was used. All three B-units are still the same.

- 5 Biscuits (2.5 oz.)
- 3 Sugar tablets (0.6 oz.)
- Soluble coffee product (0.5 oz.)
- Hard candy, or Caramel candy ( 1 oz. later reduced to 3/5 oz.)


Variety was reached in 1942 when two new beverages were added, a synthetic lemon juice powder and a soluble cocoa powder. A new aluminum envelope packaging containing 5 grams of soluble coffee product was developed. With the addition of the new beverages the B-units were designated as Breakfast (coffee), Dinner (lemon) and Supper (cocoa).
The weight given for the sugar cubes is now 1 oz. Three sugar tablets actually weights 0.6 oz., four tablets weight 0.8 oz. The six tablets are listed as 2 oz., but are actually 1.2 oz. Probably a conversion error. Only the late war B-units contain four sugar tablets with the Breakfast (for the coffee). The sugar in the Dinner B-unit may be six tablets, or a kraft paper bag containing 1
1/5 oz. granulated sugar, or a cardboard box with 1 1/5 oz. of granulated sugar.

The change was slowly incorporated in the production line by the packers so the number of sugar cubes may be three or four tablets in the breakfast unit. In the summer of 1943 the inclusion of cigarettes was recommended. During this period the change to camouflage coated cans was introduced into the production line.

Breakfast:
- 5 Biscuits (2.5 oz.)
- 3 Sugar tablets (0.6 oz.), or 4 Sugar tablets (0.8 oz.)
- Soluble coffee product (0.25 oz., or 5 gr.)
- Hard candy (3/5 oz.)
- Cigarettes (one package, 3 each.)

Dinner:
- 5 Biscuits (2.5 oz.)
- 6 Sugar tablets, or 1 Package granulated sugar (1.2 oz.)
- Synthetic lemon juice powder (7 gm.)
- Hard candy (3/5 oz.)
- Cigarettes (one package, 3 each.)

Supper:
- 5 Biscuits (2.5 oz.)
- Cocoa beverage powder (2.5 oz.)
- Hard candy (
3/5 oz.)


In the fall of 1943 the inclusion of cigarettes was discontinued and the hard candies in the breakfast was substituted for a new caramel candy. The B-units didn't change much after this until the end of 1944.

A new cookie was recommended at the end of the summer of 1944 as well as a fruit jam and candy coated peanuts. The biscuits are now of three different types, one type for each meal. Beginning 1945 two more confections are added and a cereal disc for the breakfast unit. by now the cans are camouflaged coated. By now the cans are lithographed wit bold letters Breakfast, Dinner or Supper.

Breakfast, B-unit 1:
- 4 Biscuits (2 oz.)
- 4 Sugar tablets (0.8 oz.)
- Soluble coffee product (5 gr.)
- Candy coated peanuts (1.2 oz.)
- Premixed cereal disc (2 oz.)

Dinner, B-unit 2:
- 4 Biscuits (2 oz.)
- Compressed sugar disc (1.66 oz)
- Synthetic lemon juice powder (7 gr.)
- Chocolate fudge disc (2 oz.)
- Butterscotch cookie (0.8 oz.)

Supper, B-unit 3:
- 4 Biscuits (2 oz.)
- Compressed cocoa beverage (2 oz.)
- Caramel candy (1 oz.)
- Canned fruit jam (1.5 oz.)

Breakfast, B-unit 4:
- 4 Biscuits (2 oz.)
- 4 Sugar tablets (0.8 oz.)
- Soluble coffee product (5 gr.)
- Chocolate drops (1.2 oz.)
- Premixed cereal disc (2 oz.)

Dinner, B-unit 5:
- 4 Biscuits (2 oz.)
- Compressed sugar disc (1.66 oz.)
- Synthetic orange juice powder (7 gr.)
- Hard candy (0.6 oz.)
- Butterscotch cookie (0.8 oz)

Supper, B-unit 6:
- 4 Biscuits (2 oz.)
- 4 Sugar tablets (0.8 oz.)
- Soluble coffee product (5 gr.)
- Caramel candy (1 oz.)
- Canned fruit jam (1.5 oz.)


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