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  1. Quartermaster, 1- I noticed in your picture of the type 2 can from QM 3-4 that the can (which was photographed before publication in 1945) has the opening closer to the side than your 1951 dated examples, in a position more similar to the type 3 examples. Is it possible that there are two sub-types of type 2? Perhaps in a second production run in 1951 they moved the opening to the center of the can to help prevent the metal tube from being pushed on and loosening the cap while in a rucksack? 2- the description of the type 1 is kind of confusing, do you think it would have been something lik
  2. Wow this is a very helpful reply, thanks for the info. Leave it to the army to try to reinvent the the laquer thinner can three times.
  3. I posted this in the Zippo fluid thread, but I'd like to have a separate discussion on this item. I bought this very small gasoline can at an antique shop and would like to know the vintage of it. It's not marked as far as how much fluid it holds, but judging by its size I'm inclined to say it's meant for camp stoves or lanterns. Going off that I wonder if it's for white gasoline instead of leaded gas. Any input would be appreciated.
  4. The "milspec" Coleman 252 lantern and the off brand manufactured lanterns of the model were basically civilian Coleman single burner lanterns modified to run off of gasoline, kerosene, aviation fuel, ect.. in addition to regular white gasoline, according to the Coleman collector forum I just visited. I might have to get one. Although it did say that the Army used commercial Coleman lanterns that they already had in the inventory early in the war (which only work on white gas) and converted them if they broke down. Seems like the Army might have used white gas when they could, but wanted everyt
  5. I don't mean to jack anyone's post but I thought this would be related to the topic. I was just about to post about this item and ask if anyone knew how old it was. Its obviously a gas can, but judging by its small size (3 pints-2 quarts maybe, i put a boot next to it for size comparison) its too small to be useful for anything with an engine, so I assume it is for white gasoline. Anybody know how old it is? I got it at a antique store in Mitchell SD. The tag said "WWII gas can" but that's probably not worth the paper it was written on. I would love for it to be true though so I could display
  6. Looking at it again it kind of looks like whatever ribbon this is is folded like a "V", which might explain that extra bit if its a French tricolor.
  7. Sorry I'm just now checking on this, it usually takes longer for someone to respond. I appreciate the blown up image, I always have a hard time getting anything to upload unless I shrink it. Anyway I appreciate the theories, I still dont know what to think.
  8. I was researching the 299th Engineer Combat Battalion and noticed that none of the soldiers had DUI, which was common in WW2, other than this guy. When I zoomed in I noticed it definately isn't a standard type DUI, it almost looks like a cockade on 18th century headgear. Anyone know what up?
  9. If I had to hazard a guess, none of them really float, rather its a myth circulated through the PNN, I always had a hard time believing those heavy hunks of plastic and steel would float, I just figured there must be an air pocket in them.
  10. Please tell me if it works, I never got to try it
  11. I'd just like to add that the rubber m16s that are used at FLW for bridge training are called rubber ducks, because they float. I imagine that the term could have been used back then as well.
  12. wow I'm surprised. thanks for the lead, looks like I'lI be needing a new m1917.
  13. I've considered that as well but i haven't seen a picture in which the tree is any color other than green, however as non-uniform these helmets were marked I suppose it is possible
  14. I have thought similarly before, just cant really find anything that would verify that hunch
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