Field Ration Eating Device
The Field Ration Eating Device Introduced around 1943 (F.R.E.D. or FRED) is a small device which is a combination of a can opener, a bottle opener and a spoon. It is issued to the Australian Defence Force in its CR1M ration packs. It is also known widely as the "Fucking Ridiculous Eating Device".
The can opener is very similar in design to the US military P-38 can opener.
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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).
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I remember the spoon come tin opener that was in later years nicknamed "Fred" (F****ing ridiculous eating device)
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