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Italian and American Soldiers Swap Rations

[© NATO Multimedia]

Warm pizza in a packet? And a toothbrush for every meal! US and Italian paratroopers swap rations on Drop Zone Juliet in Pordenone province.


Every army in NATO has its own field ration. While perhaps not the height of culinary expression, these rations give soldiers the calories they need to power through a hard day in the field. From Ally to Ally, their contents differ in small, interesting ways.

Watch a US and Italian paratrooper swap their ration packs while on exercise in Italy. From warm pizza in a packet to ravioli in a can and toothbrushes, these soldiers may be from different continents but they find common ground in condiments.

[© NATO Multimedia]

This NATO Multimedia video, released on 14 April 2023, was filmed during joint airborne operations in November 2022 when about 800 paratroopers from the US Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade, the Italian Army’s 4th Alpini Paratroopers Regiment and the German Army’s 26th Airborne Regiment performed several jumps over a drop zone in northern Italy.


  • Surreptitious Behaviour by Frank Sarkissian
  • Awkward moment instrumental by Davoli
  • Molto Bene instrumental by Durst
  • Two peas in a pod instrumental by Sarkissian

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