Vep ,
being a southwesterner , I have access to almost every chili around , ever tried dried Ancho peppers ? they are not hot but have a very strong , rich , smokey flavor . Dried , they are black , but reconstituted are dark red , similar to a chipotle . Jalapeno powder is another one I store .
Here is another WW2 one : German POW’s held by the Soviets ( early war years ) , thin potato soup consisting of mostly water , some potatoes , and once in a while , barley . That was lunch and dinner at the same time . Breakfast was a cup of tea and a very small portion of bread ( if available ) , after that sumptuous meal , they could look forward to a day full of hard labor in freezing temps .