By Food*Dude

Where there's a will, there's a way. Our boys in WWI and WWII did what it took to fry up some good grub in the field. Whether over an open fire, or in the desert over a stove made of oil cans, there's no keeping these guys from their chow. As usual, the navy boys had it better, what with their indoor cooking schools and modern cooking appliances.

Photos courtesy of the Library of Congress–the font of all knowledge.

Cooking al fresco at National Guard Practice. (1915)
Men of the New York National Guard Cooking in Camp. (1915)
British and other Allied troops learning how to make the most of their field rations in the nine-day Western Desert Cookery School. (1940)
Showing off freshly baked bread, ready for delivery to British troops in the Western Desert. (1940)
Going over the day's menu at the Naval Cooks' School in New York. (Date Unknown)
Students check the oven at the Naval Cooks' School in New York. (Date Unknown)
Sink and mop duty at the Naval Cooks' School in New York. (Date Unknown)
Mrs. J. L. Putnam approves the instructor's bread loaf at the Naval Cooks' School in New York. (Date Unknown)
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