M42 Canteen – CFL44 – Green bakelite cup

A small diversity of canteens used by the German army during the second world war. The Wehrmacht used a lot of different materials to produce these canteens. Aluminium and steel is used to form the flasks. Steel variants have been introduced with various finishes as early as 1942.

Also a wide variation of strap material is used from diverse sorts of leather and canvas. The covers are mostly made from felt which got really course by the end of the war. Later in the war italian uniform cloth known as gaberdine was used too. Also a 4th press stud from the cover was ommitted in the final years of production further simplifying the production.

Marking: CFL 44 on the strap and cover
Maker: CFL indicates production by Carl Feldhaus Aluminium-und Metallwerke, Lüdenscheid
Year: 1942
Strap: Pigskin leather, smooth side out.
Flask: Steel, 0.8L variant
Cup: Green bakelite, gfc 1942
Cover: Felt with four painted press studs
Other notes: The canteen features the rare green bakelite cup and has a name tag which says Liebenau, 4 kompanie sewn on the back of the felt cover. A similar green butterdish also exists and can be seen here.