Food Glorious Food: An Army Marches on its Stomach Exhibition Opening
Visitors can now experience a rare slice of history as the National Army Museum launched our latest exhibition Food Glorious Food: An Army Marches on its Stomach on 16 December 2016. The display follows the eating habits of New Zealand servicemen during WWI, from the beginning of their journey in one of New Zealand’s military training camps to the cook houses and French cafes on the Western Front. The exhibition includes touch screens, smell boxes to conjure up the aroma of baking bread and blue cheese, and you can even make your own meal based on a 1915 recipe book. Food Glorious Food showcases letters and diaries written by soldiers with descriptions of meals. Soldiers often complained about the state of the food, which in many cases lacked the nutrition needed, however, come dinner time, they would all line up and eagerly await what was being served. Food not only provided them with an opportunity for social interaction, it had a huge effect upon their morale, well-being and performance. The exhibition’s title ‘An Army Marches on its Stomach’ is inspired by the famous words of Napoleon Bonaparte and Frederick the Great. It highlights the importance of forces being well-fed during war and alludes to the numerous examples in history where lack of food meant near victory turned into defeat on the battlefield.