In the German Army each soldier was issued a mess kit or Kochgeschirr and the 2 Chevauleger was no exception. At the outbreak of the war in 1914, the 1910 pattern mess kits were made from aluminum and came with a metal lip to rest the soldier’s spork (a combination fork and spoon that each solider was also issued). In practice, the spork would often come loose so soldiers often stuck them in their pockets or bread bags. For the cavalry, mess kits were unpainted since they were normally kept contained in a leather case with attached to the saddle. Below are a few pictures of one such mess kit what was issued to a soldier in the 2 Chevauleger:
The cavalry mess kit was carried in a leather case, Das Kocheschirrfutteral which attached to the saddle:
As the war progressed, there was a strong drive towards standardizing equipment as much as possible as a means of simplifying production and once the initial stocks had been used up, the cavalry was issued the same pattern mess kit as the rest of the army, especially since most of their work was being done dismounted and the mess kit would be exposed to view since the saddle carrier wouldn’t have been used.
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