M42 Canteen – CFL44

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 cup and on the flask.
Maker: CFL indicates production by Carl Feldhaus Aluminium-und Metallwerke, Lüdenscheid
Year: 1944
Strap: Smooth brown leather
Flask: Olive painted Steel, 0.8L variant
Cup: Olive painted steel, CFL 44
Cover: Felt with four painted press studs
Other notes: The cover is put on the flask in the wrong way with the press studs at the right side instead of left. It was originally found like this, but it is not clear if it was factory done like this! The whole canteen is made in steel, the steel is covered in a nice green olive paint. Note the different kinds of leather!


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