U.S. At War: Tightening Up

The U.S. Army announced that it was taking the step because of civilian shortages. Whatever the reasons, its summary snatch of luxuries from the camps of its 300,000-odd German war prisoners seemed to satisfy everybody but the Germans.

Highpoint meat, butter, canned fruit and other hard-to-get items were scratched from P.O.W. menus. Substitutes: beef hearts, liver, low-grade cuts for stew (twice a week), margarine (once a day), stewed fruit, more spaghetti, more bread to maintain a calorie count equal to the standard U.S. Army garrison ration.

P.O.W.s also lost their ready-made cigarets; from now...