German Front Line Assault Ration Box

Yesterday I had studied the photos in Jim Pool’s book “Ration of the German Wehrmacht in World War II” about the German Front Line Infantry Assault Ration box, because I wanted to make this box for a long time and yesterday I did give myself the time to do so.

First dummy box and book

First I had downloaded a PDF file to print and assemble such a box. It’s one of the many free PDF files which you can find on the internet. To be honest, I am not such a fan of those files. But Ok, I had printed it and put it all together according the 5 steps within the PDF. Then I looked at the result and at the Photos in the two books. I do think the dimensions are not correct. With all due respect to the person who made the PDF file, but it’s a pity the dimensions are not correct and the typeface (Font) used is far from correct. (I will write something about the use of typefaces someday).

Box from free PDF

Anyway, in the book there is a picture of an unassembled front locking carton and I scanned that. Jim had also written the measurements of such a box in his book which are 4.25 x 1.5″ x 5.75″. This would be something like 110 x 40 x 145 mm. Since this is a German box I would go for the millimeters and when I scaled the image I had scanned, it was exactly right. Then I made the die cut drawing and printed it, to see where I had to make the adjustments.

Print of scan

After that I finished the artwork and printed it on 300 grams off white paper to make the first dummy. And I must say it looks pretty fine to me. Only I think 300 grams is a bit thin and 500 grams comes more in place. But my printer will not take 500 grams, so I have to think for a solution to make it a bit thicker and then take this box into production.

First drafts of boxes

Who knows the box of the “Frucht-Riegel” and a box of “Sulima” for six cigarettes to go with it will follow soon to complete the box. And maybe next will be the other boxes, “Für Frontkämpfer im Großkampf” (Only for front line troops involved in the great battle) and “Zusatzverpflegung für Frontkämpfer im Infanterieverband” (Supplementary Ration for Infantry Units). But for those I have to make an other die cut drawing…

2018-10-30T14:30:47+00:0029 September 2015|New items|6 Comments


  1. Keith 29 September 2015 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    WOW!!!! you just keep getting better – excellent work can’t wait for you to get it in production.

    • Patrick 2 October 2015 at 9:27 am - Reply

      Well Keith, the card stock has been ordered and I hope to receive it either today or tomorrow…

  2. Nick 30 October 2015 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Beste Patrick, weet je al wanneer deze dozen te koop zullen zijn?


    Frontleven 40-45

    • Patrick 30 October 2015 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      Hallo Nick,

      Ik ga van het weekend productfoto’s maken en dan komen ze in de webshop te staan. Dus ze zullen begin van komende week te bestellen zijn.

      Groet, Patrick

  3. John Harkins 17 November 2015 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    I can see a good product for USA (and others) re-enactors. Keep up the good work!


  4. George 19 December 2015 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Looks like the original has a lined lower half and spraying the whole box on completion with aerosol Damar Varnish (from art shops ) will darken the paper ,seal and stiffen it and will darken even more with age .

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