While this segment doesn't describe the food supplies to the recruits, nevertheless it mentions that the amount of supplies was severely insufficient for both recruits and
Taken from http://www.polishgreatness.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/great-polish-generals-of-ww2-wladyslaw_28.html
- article about Gen. Anders.Thousands of Polish refugees who tried
to make the perilous journey never reached the checkpoints, having died
along the way from starvation, illness and extreme cold. Others had
travelled thousands of miles from the remote camps in Siberia to
Tashkent, Kermine, Samarkand (in Uzbekistan), and Ashkhabad (in
Turkmenistan) to enlist in the new Polish army. The notorious NKVD
agents raised numerous obstacles in an effort to prevent the refugees
from reaching their destinations. In one of the incidences, they were
ordered to disembark from a train and were left stranded in the
wasteland of the Russian Steppes as the train sped off without them.
The ranks of Polish recruits were
steadily expanding. Attempting to take advantage of the Polish-Soviet
agreement, Stalin wanted to send the new recruits to the front
immediately - without reinforcements, but General Anders refused to
permit it. The gulag had rendered the men were too weak and ill for
military duty. In retaliation, Stalin reduced the food supply from
70,000 to 26,000 soldiers. It was not enough food to sustain them all,
considering that the total number of Polish refugees was 115,000
(military and civilian). To meet the urgency, General Anders ordered his
soldiers to share whatever food was available with the civilians.
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, "de_woldan" wrote:
> I am fascinated by the dream of "sacks of flour, beef, dried fish, sugar and salt".
> My father records that when attending the Officers Academy in Kermine (Uzbekistan) the daily ration consisted of a slice of bread, sugar-cube size piece of margarine, and a plate of mushy cereal.
> My mother's family did not have anyone in the army, so she records that at Szachryzjabs (Uzbekistan), "mother picked pigweed, nettles and other leaves to make soup. On some days I added a handful of cereal that I was allowed to scrape out from the soldiers' kitchen, after their meal. Or a soldier might give us a slice of bread, his own ration for the day".
> Victor - UK
> --- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, Chris W wroblew705@ wrote:
> > Thank you for this document Stan, I ran it through Google translate and it is most informative. Does anyone have recollections told by their relatives of these rations? I am curious as to their impressions of Soviet rations and what form it came in?
> > Chris Calgary
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> > From: Stanislaw Zwierzynski zwierzinski1957@
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> > [Attachment(s) from Stanislaw Zwierzynski included below]
> > Chris!
> > Food supplies carried Quartermaster Corps of the Red Army, uniforms and forage were English.
> > I
> > t was not free. I do not understand who and how paid for it then, but SovietÂ is estimated (in rubles)Â how much they cost supply of Army in 1941-42.
> > Sikorsky as the prime minister took credits from the Soviet Union, their volume is known.
> > Anders Army was supplied with soldiers and officers' rations for the military norm of this time.
> > Another thing - that has always lacked rations. If you look at the documents, you will see that the people in the Army has always been more than agreed Sikorski (Anders) and Stalin.
> > Because of this, all joint meetings (Anders - genedal Zhukov NKVD) were controversial.
> > To the Army civilian added (with children) who settled nearby and with whom shared the military.
> > But they were not supposed rations.
> > But I would not condemn the Soviet side - at this time (1942) there was a Great war, it is the most difficult part - the Red Army, after the victory over Moscow, suffered heavy defeats in the south - Hitler took Kharkov (more than 200,000 soldiers were in the boiler), broke through the Caucasus, were torn in the Volga. Victory at Stalingrad (March 1943) was yet to come.
> > The main component ofÂ "paek" was rye bread ration - an average of 600 grams per person per day. For additional officers were given a bit of meat and butter.
> > Krolikowski (Anders adjutant ), who left a book of bad memories of his chief, describesÂ carefree life of staff with champagne and game and woman. I do not think that all of this made-up.
> > There were generals who shunned staff peers. They lovedÂ soldiers. For example, the beautiful memories of Borut-Spehowicz, it was a true patriot, a great organizer and a humble man.
> > I postÂ documents here - the rules of food (ration) in the Red Army in 1941-43. They are slightly changed - after Stalingrad rate was increased.
> > Stan.
> > From: wroblew705 wroblew705@
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> > Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2013 3:51 AM
> > Subject: [www.Kresy-Siberia.org] Soviet rations supplied to Polish Army 1941/42..what kind?
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> > Like the subject line says, would anyone know what type of rations the Soviets supplied to Polish forces assembled in Kuibyshev, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan during this period? We already have a good idea of what the British sent but what did the Soviets supply and what form did it come in? For example did wheat come in sacks of flour, was beef delivered as live cattle or already slaughtered, dried fish, sugar and salt in bags or barrels? What food staples did they send.
> > Chris Calgary