Food for thought...

Food and cooking play important roles in the armed forces. They can provide moments of comfort, levity and stability in uncertain times or unfamiliar places. Sitting down to break bread with another person is a vital way to bond and build camaraderie. Our collection contains many objects, archives and photographs related to the cooking, eating and sharing of food...
Airmen eating a meal in the mess dining room at Camp Tui, Guadalcanal, circa WWII. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Airmen eating a meal in the mess dining room at Camp Tui, Guadalcanal, circa WWII. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Three Royal New Zealand Air Force gunner trainees outside a hamburger bar, Canada, circa WWII. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Three Royal New Zealand Air Force gunner trainees outside a hamburger bar, Canada, circa WWII. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Men of the 8th Infantry Brigade, Fiji, circa WWII. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Men of the 8th Infantry Brigade, Fiji, circa WWII. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Members of 8th Infantry Brigade sharing food, Fiji, circa WWI. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Members of 8th Infantry Brigade sharing food, Fiji, circa WWI. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Three members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and an airman earing sandwiches, circa WWII. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Three members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and an airman earing sandwiches, circa WWII. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Men of No.1 Aerodrome Construction Squadron having a snack by the roadside, Malaysia, December 1941. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Men of No.1 Aerodrome Construction Squadron having a snack by the roadside, Malaysia, December 1941. From the collection of the air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Menu from the RMS Awatea, 16 August, 1941. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Menu from the RMS Awatea, 16 August, 1941. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Menu for Christmas Dinner at the Sergeants Mess, Royal Air Force Station Harwell, 1940. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Menu for Christmas Dinner at the Sergeants Mess, Royal Air Force Station Harwell, 1940. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Menu from the graduation of Course 20, No. 6 Air Observers School, Royal Canadian Air Force, 31 May 1941. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Menu from the graduation of Course 20, No. 6 Air Observers School, Royal Canadian Air Force, 31 May 1941. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Menu from No.2 (GR) Squadron RNZAF Christmas dinner, 1942. Belonged to Ronald Hersey McMeekan. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

Menu from No.2 (GR) Squadron RNZAF Christmas dinner, 1942. Belonged to Ronald Hersey McMeekan. From the collection of the Air Force Museum of New Zealand.

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