Medical large Canteen – Labeflasche – W.A.L. 43
The large canteen or Labeflasche is a canteen issued to mountain troops and medical personnel. These Gebirgsjäger and Sanitäter needed a larger capacity canteen. These canteens where made in 1, 1,5 and 2 liter capacity. They come in a variety of different straps. The mountain troops or Gebirgsjäger where issued with a large canteen that resembles the standard M31 Feldflasche with a single strap. The Sanitäter where issued one with a complete different strap. Their canteen has a harness that goes all around with a large carrying sling. The Labeflasche was made in aluminium (M31) and steel (M42). Most of these Labeflaschen where made until the end in aluminum but some steel variants are seen.
Markings: W.A.L. 43 on the flask, cup and RB-Nr. 0/0656/0005 on the strap
Maker: W.A.L. indicates Westfalische Aluminium Industrie, Junger & Co., Lüdenscheid
RB-Nr. 0/0656/0005 indicates Deutsche Lederwerkstätten GmbH, Pirmasens.
Strap: Pig skin black leather
Flask: Aluminium, 1 liter variant
Cover: Felt with four painted press studs