M42 Canteen – RBNr. 0/0571/0118 – C&CW 43

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: 0/0571/0118 on the flask and C&CW 43 on the cup
Maker: 0/0571/0118 and C&CW indicates one and the same producer, Colsmann & Co, Werdohl
Year: 1943
Strap: Two piece construction, black leather, smooth side out.
Flask: Red painted steel, 0.8 liter, RBNr. 0/0571/0118 marked
Cup: Green painted steel, marked C&CW 43
Cover: Felt with four painted press studs, marked R&K
Other notes: RBNr. marked canteens are hard to come by and surely in mint condition! RBNr. 0/0571/0118 is a later production code for the company Colsmann & Co, Werdohl who first used the abbreviation C&CW