Source: Dennett, Prisoners of the Great War, 1919, 30A.

From Pursuit of an "unparalleled opportunity": American YMCA and prisoner of war diplomacy among the Central Power nations during World War I, 1914-1923 by Kenneth Steuer

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  • The American Red Cross sent U.S. prisoners of war in German prison camps a different food parcel every week. The "A" food parcel, which POW's received in the first week of their captivity, included a can opener, dried fruit, biscuits, cigarettes, soap, salt pork, and cans of tomatoes, corn, peas, corned beef hash, corned beef, beans, butter, pork and beans, and salmon. They received "B" food parcels, bottom photograph, during the third week in captivity, which included biscuits, dried fruit, coffee, sugar, tobacco, rice, and cans of pork and beans, corned beef hash, tomoatoes, corn, roast beef, corned beef, sweat peas, condensed milk, string beans, and salmon. American prisoners lived like kings in German prison camps, given the effect on the German population of the Allied blockade. Source: Dennett, Prisoners of the Great War, 1919, 30A.