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I have a thing about jerry cans........just had my first US can delivered today, there is something magical about them, they have a story to tell.

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Hi Jack

 

I know exactly what you mean! I have several US cans dated between 41-44,some are water,some gas.once you get into it Jerry cans are a vast subject in their own right.I finally found a 41 Wheeling this summer 8)

 

Matt.

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Matt you are as sad as me :oops:

 

I just missed a nice Wehrmacht can :(

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Behind a small garage on the Tomb of the kings road in Cyprus a couple of years back was a pile of 10 Wermacht stamped Jerry cans.Paint was faded but no corosion, they were great. :D

Airline wouldn't accept them as luggage : :cry:

Quite probably still there, seing as how they had maybe been there for 60 years before that.

 

Tim(1)

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I know I'm sad but I'm happy being an anorak!!

 

Jeepster,how/who do you get your cans cleaned?

 

Matt (aka Tin Man)

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I don't want to come across as an anorak :oops: but the US jerry can looks easier to use ( bigger outlet) than the British one, or did the US produce them both?

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Brit one is easier with a spout on it.

US ones are easier to pour fuel everywhere with.

Depends on the level of your pyromania :lol:

 

Tim(1)

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As Time says the US cans are near useless unless you have the correct spout.you will see US forces in the ETO using both US and UK cans in wartime photos.

 

Matt.

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and have seen pictures of them using German cans as well.

 

I have a picture of a GMC driving up in to a LCT and it had jerry cans on it's rear mud guards.....might try that myself.

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Matt you answered my question...on my 42 MB i will have a Brit Jerrycan as a fair percentage of WW2 pictures you see from the ETO they have Brit cans on them.

 

Will anyone else bear this out.....

 

Regards

 

Lloyd

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I think you are right Lloyd as you mainly see the British cans on vehicles and in fuel dumps.

 

I believe the US can that I have is a water can, not a fuel can.

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The differences between US Fuel and water cans are immediatley obvious care to post a pic for verification......

 

Things get distorted with US fuel Jerrycans as the US Navy and US Marine Corps WW2 cans used the same "cam lock" as the British Cans....

 

Regards

 

Lloyd

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Will get one up tomorrow. It is a lever lid as opposed to a screw lid.

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There it is, I found it.

 

This linkk is to a superb site, you will spend hours on it, I do/did :oops: This should also help answer Lloyds question as well (look at the ladies carrying fuel from the C47).

 

Have a look at the top navigation bar on this site, should keep you busy...see you in about a week!

 

http://www.olive-drab.com/od_mvg_jerry_can.php

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Great site Jack for the humble..."jerrycan" and a valuable source of info......so dare we speculate then that

 

US vehicles used more British type cans on them than US type ones as the pictures bear this out......

 

a theory then that comabt vehicles used Brit types as there was less spillage....whereas depot rear echelon or airbase static vehicles used US cans where the fuel situation would not be so critical.

 

Something to ponder perhaps ........????.............. 8)

 

Regards

 

Lloyd

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Something to ponder perhaps ........????.............. 8)

 

 

 

 

 

Bloomin heck Lloyd, its Sunday!

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Sunday is pondering day Jack.......ive been pondering the ignition and charging system of my MB.....all blinkin day...and yes it still aint done..........:-)

 

anyway bout these Jerrycans ?

 

Regards

 

Lloyd

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Yes I am all for things to be PC, Julie will tell u that, there again she isn't allowed out of the kitchen to post on here :lol:

 

 

 

 

Well that should upset a few!!!! :lol:

 

Tim(1)

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A load of hot Jerry cans ?

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French Caption

Un GMC cabine ouverte avec remorque 1t Ben Hur rempli de jerrycans (certainement vides) a été touché lors d'un bombardement ou une attaque aérienne (tir ami ?)

L'impact a provoqué un incendie, les pneus brulent, dans la fumée l'arrière de la cabine du camion.

Les jerrycans sont gonflés par la dilatation des vapeurs d'essence due à la chaleur dégagée par l'incendie

 

translation

 

Was a GMC open cabin with trailer 1t Ben Hur filled with jerrycans (certainly empty) touched at the time of a bombardment or an air attack (friendly shooting?) The impact caused a fire, the tires brulent, in smoke the back of the cabin of the truck. The jerrycans are inflated by the dilation of the gasoline fumes due to the heat released by the fire

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Some of those cans look mighty "bloated", that close is not a good place to be !! :schocked:

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Some of those cans look mighty "bloated", that close is not a good place to be !! :schocked:

 

 

I reckon it could be worth the risk Tim seeing how expensive fuel is now :whistle:

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