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Airborne fuel can colour

Article about: Hi,does anyone know the correct colour of the cylindrical fuel cans dropped to troops.Pics would be nice.Thanks colin.

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    Hi,does anyone know the correct colour of the cylindrical fuel cans dropped to troops.Pics would be nice.Thanks colin.

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    As far as I know these were the usual olive drab.

    If anyone has not seen one of these cans, you can view one here on the equipment page:

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    Cheers, Ade.

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    thank you Ade,you sure are quick off the mark in answering the questions,i found a can on e pay for 15,not bad do you think ?

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    Bargain!

    Cheers, Ade.

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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    As far as I know these were the usual olive drab.

    If anyone has not seen one of these cans, you can view one here on the equipment page:

    Untitled Document

    Cheers, Ade.

    40 plus years interest in militaria and military history and Ive just learnt something else new!

    Thanks for posting the link Ade. I always thought that conventional jerrycans were air-dropped in the containers, just goes to show you learn something new every day.

    Regards etc

    Ian D

    AKA: Jimpy

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    Hi Ian, my pleasure! These cans are not common. Our living history group (I do British as well as Soviet. In fact, I formed the group) was lucky to buy a few and they make good display items and a nice talking point on displays.

    Thinking about this more, I do have a wartime photo of a stack of these cans being packed in CLE drop cannisters. Now finding it in my myriad of books on British Airborne subjects might be a problem...but it will come to me.

    Cheers, Ade.

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    I stripped some paint on mine today,and could only find a sand color as is the inside of the lid.

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    I have just bought one of these cans today and on looking at the base ,underneath the redlead
    paint that someone had used on it I could see a lot of sand coloured paint. Therefor I tend to think that sand is the original colour.Stamped on the bottom is BPL W___D 1943. John.
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ID:	210926Pictures of my can showing areas of sand paint. John.

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    Hi all,

    I have four of these WWII War Department airborne cans in my collection. My only original painted one is in sand colour.
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