History

This mobile food kitchen is a model manufactured in 1916 ; one item is shown at the WWI museum in Meaux. This kitchen was, during this period, horse-drawn, fitted with removable carriage arms. This model was subsequently modified in 1936, then again in 1938.

Various manufacturers produced it :

– Compagnie générale de construction Atelier de Saint Denis.

– Avis (Atelier de Vincennes).

– Atelier d’Orval Maguin.

– Somua.

Around 3500 « Meals on wheels » have been built for the French Army

This mobile kitchen can feed around 200 people and includes 2 firewood stoves, 2 preheating wood stoves and 4 pans.

Technical data

Empty weight : 2,300 lb (1,040 kg)

Gross weight : 3,200 lb (1,450 kg)

Length : 134″ (3.40 m)

Width  : 77″ (1.95 m)

Height : 61″ (1.55 m) chimney folded, 83″ (2.10 m with the chimney raised)

Fuel  : wood only.

During the 1960s-1970s : petrol burner (2).

(see more pictures in section “Restoration”)