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Weird stamps on US canteen

Article about: Dear fellow members, For a while now I have this aluminium US canteen from 1942, manufactured by A.G.M. Co. However, recently I discovered by accident that there are some weird stamps on it.

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    Dear fellow members,

    For a while now I have this aluminium US canteen from 1942, manufactured by A.G.M. Co.

    However, recently I discovered by accident that there are some weird stamps on it. In fact there are two of them.

    They read: -2541

    The first is a little bit fainted, only the -25 and a part of the 4 is visible. But the second one is clearly.

    Do you have any idea what this stamps could mean?

    Greetings,
    Bundeswehr

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    Most likely its a laundry number. Soldiers used the first letter of their last name, and the last four numbers of their asn to mark clothing and equipment. It would look something like this, X-####. It look like there is a, - in front of the 2541, the letter may have faded away over time. Look close, you may see it. Rob.

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    Thanks Rob!
    That's new for me, because I thought that only the canteen covers are marked with laundry numbers.

    Besides, on the cup there are scratches reading: "LIO8T" or "L108T". I have no idea what they mean, maybey the regiment?

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    some guys marked everything with their stamps . just so they could say that's mine. You know how things disappear. Gary

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    Hmm yeah, still funny though. Saw it never before on a canteen itself.

    Thanks for the info guys!!

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    Sounds like the current Australian army practice to mark everything with the first three letters of the surname and first three of the regy number eg; ABC123.

    Oz

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    Here's my example of a laundry mark for comparison
    Regards
    René

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