M42 Canteen – E. 43 – VerBliFa – Tinned Example

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.

Markings: E 43 on the cup, the flask is like always unmarked
Maker: It has been said that these canteens where made by VerBliFa(Verenigde Blik Fabrieken) in the Netherlands.
Year: 1943
Strap: Dyed pig skin
Flask: Tinned steel 0,8 liter variant
Cup: Tinned steel
Cover: Felt with four painted press studs
Other notes: This canteen was found in 2018 during a house clearing in Ede, The Netherlands. It had never been in a collection before! The canteen has been said to have been made by the Dutch manufacturer Verenigde Blik Fabrieken who made all the Dutch canteens and messkits before the war in the same unmarked tinned steel.

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