Field Ration Eating Device

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Australian Army Field Ration Eating Device

The Field Ration Eating Device (F.R.E.D. or FRED) is a small device which serves as a combination of a can opener, a bottle opener, and a spoon. Introduced around 1943, it is issued to the Australian Defence Force in its CR1M ration packs.[1] It is also humorously referred to as the "Fucking Ridiculous Eating Device".[2][3][4]

The can opener is very similar in design to the US military P-38 can opener.


  1. ^ "Farewell, old Fred". Army - The Soldiers' Newspaper 6 October 2005 Edition #1130 : Letters to the Editor. Coordination and Public Affairs; Directorate of Defence Newspapers (Australian Army). 6 October 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2007. and "Fred's friend's left with sour taste". Army - The Soldiers' Newspaper 20 October 2005 Edition #1131 : Letters to the Editor. Australian Army. 20 October 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2007.
  2. ^ "A history of modern military rations". MetaFilter:community weblog. 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2007. A similar device is currently employed by the Australian Army in its ration kits. It is known by the acronym "FRED" (Fucking Ridiculous Eating Device).
  3. ^ Hardiman, Graeme. "The Malayan Emergency. 2RAR 1956/57". 2RAR. Digger History: an unofficial history of the Australian & New Zealand Armed Forces. Retrieved 5 November 2007. I remember the spoon come tin opener that was in later years nicknamed "Fred" (F****ing ridiculous eating device)
  4. ^ "Australian Ration pack Contents". Ration Pack. Australian Defence News & Opinion - 2007. Archived from the original on 12 October 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2007.

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