M31 Messkit – RZM M6/1/39
The M31 messkit or “Kochgeschirre M 31 (Alum.)” was a 1.6 liter capacity cooking pot carried on the left side of the breadbag. The messkit was a clever engineered piece of equipment capable of serving as a cooking or eating pot. The early models also had indicating marks on the front, under the handle on which could measure the size of the contents. It had a cleverly placed wire handle on which the messkit could be hung above a fire. The messkits came in a big variety of colours and materials. At first the messkits where nearly completely made out of aluminium except the wire handle. From around 1940 onwards the handle on the lid was made from steel. In 1942 the simplified steel model “Kochgeschirre M 42 (Eis.)” was introduced. It had less and less well crafted details and the production became a hurry. I found the designation “M42” in the production numbers of the German Industry.
Marking: RZM M6/1/39
Maker: It is unknown which producer RZM M6/1/39 indicates.
Notes: These RZM quality messkits where issue to all sorts of political organizations. This short M31 model is a typical military messkit. This M31 messkit was most probably made and used by the Waffen-SS. The usual prewar political models for the Hitlerjugend, Allgemeine-SS and SA where finished in a black paint and are of the large M1910 model. This one, being a short military model produced in Feldgrau was most probably produced and used by the Waffen-SS.