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Eßbesteck (Spork/Eating Utensil)

German Soldaten were each issued with an Eßbesteck, a combination folding spoon/fork. The Eßbesteck was constructed from tin-plated steel and there were two different patterns, one for mounted troops and one for dismounted troops. The dismounted/infantry model was longer and the spoon portion had a small downward bend that allowed the Eßbesteck to snap into the top of the infantry pattern Kochsgeschirr. Mounted troops carried a larger Kochsgeschirr, so the Eßbesteck for mounted troops was shorter and designed to be carried in the Brotbeutel or pockets.

Original Eßbesteck

Eßbesteck as stored in the Kochsgeschirr

The following schematic give dimensions for the basic Eßbesteck: