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Four Square cigarettes were part of officially issued rations to U.S Military officers while sailing.

Article published by the U.S. Department of Defense confirms that four square cigarettes were part of K-ration introduced during World War II.

Article published by the U.S. Department of Defense confirms that four square cigarettes were part of K-ration introduced during World War II.The feature article on Know your Military during World War II mentions that the soldiers, sailors and marines were often far from their mess halls and kitchens during the war and they had to haul around heavy boxes of prepackaged food to survive which was called as C-ration. It included main courses, chocolate or other candies, gum, biscuits and cigarettes.

The K-ration was also issued during World War II, lighter than C-ration but were limited in number. These were distributed for missions of short duration, such as paratroopers participating in airborne operations and three meals a day netted 2,830 calories. The image of ration type K shows that 4 square cigarettes were part of the parcel along with the food.

A website called K RATION showed the different types of cigarettes used in World War II.

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