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My canteens

Article about: by packin9 to find that Russian glass canteen in one piece seems amazing ...which reminds that I just got another one, this time with markings. Some of my kameraden have got a lot of them, b

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    Hello everyone!
    I'm new to this forum and without any longer introduction I'll present my small collection of different German Feldflaschen.
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    Beautyful near-mint coco (HRE42)


    Near mint late war RFI43. The green cup (MN43) is my own addition to the combo, found in the attic in Southern Estonia


    Strange colours, unmarked alu cup and late war bottle


    1l medical canteen, cup and screw ESB40, bottle itself VDNS39. Missing the long strap


    Our next baby is the real weirdo: huge (I think it's 2 litres) unmarked, mint colossus (compared to the regular coco). The neck and corc brings to mind the WWI bottles, but I think it belongs to the era between two wars and is for hikers or smth.



    Two paramilitary canteens, both in mint condition


    My latest catch so far: beatiful "been-there", all parts marked KCL36. Unfortunately the cup is missing

    "Naked" BDM canteen ESB40 (screw ESB41) and the veteran of WWI (note the stamp on fabric!). Both missing a lot of parts

    The red cross of attic finds. You can see deifferent necks, the felt has a war time repairs on it

    One of the "reds" has a soldier's name on the screw: it's Estonian name Valdam

    Some ground dugged canteens that I've kept for the inscriptions on them. Left one is regular German M31, the one on the right is a bit larger and has no markings on it

    The left one belonged to Estonian soldier Hein

    The right one belonged to another Estonian soldier Jaak Põldver. I've been in contact with his relative and the short biography is as follows: Jaak Põldver was born in 1916. Served his time in Estonian army in 1937 (coastal artillery). Was forced to join the Red army in 1941. When German troops arrived to Estonia in 1941, he joined them (the relatives have a picture of Jaak in WH uniform, rank: Gefreiter). In Autumn 1944, when the Soviets came back and Germans left, Jaak became the so-called forest brother (metsavend in Estonian, basically the partisan). He was arrested in 1950 and the Soviet tribunal gave him 30 yrs of prison (luckily Stalin died in 53 and Jaak was released soon after that). The man died in 1988. So that's one helluva piece of history:


    An example of Estonian made canteen (screw is my own addition, it's German), marked TAV40 (Tartu Alumiiniumi Vabrik or Aluminium Factory in Tartu). I have two of these, sadly both are ground dug

    Soviet glass and early Finnish canteen (Peltiteos O/Y INT40). I've kept them because in WWII some Estonians were also in Red Army and in Finnish Army

    And the big mystery for me: nicely splinter-hit cup from Kurland. But it's taller than regular cups and has a marking on the bottom MD or DM. Does anybody know something about it?


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    nice collection. some of these look wooden is that correct..

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    some of these look wooden is that correct..
    I'm not sure if it's wood or not, but yes the material that covers the tropical canteens look like wood.

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    Very nice canteen collection. Thanks for showing and welcome to the forum.
    Steve

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    I like this kind of collections.... Great thanks

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    Some new additions:
    Beautiful MN44 (cup MN39) with nice late war straps. The cup has the soldiers name on it.

    Unknown, small and shiny (the bottle on right is just for comparision), probably HJ or BDM?
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    British, unfortunately the original cork is missing
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    A mystery Flasche. Reminds me the Swedish one, but the markings and some other details look strange. Some guys thought it might be Finnish (which I guess is total BS), some other said it might be Polish. Maybe someone can help me to solve the big mystery?
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    Relics 1936-1943 plus two from WWI (Imperial Russia) plus aforementioned mystery canteen above it all. The brownish in the middle (not the red one!) is unmarked and the screw part of the neck is showing some yellow metal. Is it another German late war or something else?
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    Well,it looks like your getting ready to fill those beauties up! Very nice collection and to find that Russian glass canteen in one piece seems amazing. Again,very nice!

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