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The M31 Messkit and Wartime Variants

Article about: By the Way i Have theese one, i only buy strange things (eheheheheheh) It has this one marked EWH 446. What do you think? Anyone has manufacturers references to this M31 Kits and Feldflasche

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    also straps to carry the mess kit
    Looking for following WWII German items:
    - anything dealing with Allenstein (Olsztyn) and Wehrkreis I in East Prussia,
    - entrenching tool carrier (straight and folding),
    - forestry and hunting items,

    Polish Militaria 1914-1945 - https://www.facebook.com/groups/124584324789966/
    GTA Militaria - Discussions and Sales - https://www.facebook.com/groups/890720157646923/

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    I actually agree! Why not canteen cups as well?

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    Quote by Wagriff View Post
    Seeing as how the thread for messkits is doing well-what about an idea of expanding it to include Messkit Utensils? There are many many different makers and variations of utensils- such an inclusion could be quite helpful!
    I have some spoon / forks ( sporks ) ..... some have damage and some are in good condition. There are several makers to be found of these.

    Dan
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    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Here are both of my Spoon/Fork combo's.

    Both are 1938 dated.

    One is (CH. 38) With Waffenamt

    and the other is (GK & FA 38) I believe it is GK & FA. that is the best I could make out of it.

    Along with my newest M31 I purchased Miss matched Mess Kit with (Initials?) Carved onto it.

    Top is marked: L&SL 40

    Bottom is marked: AWF 40



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    Here is my German 4 piece set. (I don't know as much about these as the sporks) But I believe it to be real.

    It is a little damaged and beat up but in good shape still! I like it.

    Only markings it has is the eagle and Swastika on the front can opener. and three digits on the fork and spoon. (681)


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    this is from my dad's wartime souvenirs so i'm pretty sure it's authentic...

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    the knife blade is marked:

    F. R. Burberg & Co. A-G.
    Mettmann - Solingen
    Rostfrei (rust free)

    "FBCM 41" = F Burberg Co., Mettmann; 1941

    according to "World Knives, Ltd."...

    "There is no city in the world that has enjoyed the reputation of manufacturing the finest cutlery for so many generations than Solingen, Germany."

    i remember using this set when i was a Boy Scout.
    the "rostfrei" claim is a little exaggerated.
    there is a bit inside the opener.

    cheers...gary
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    Stainless steel DOES corrode! !
    Because of its chromium content what forms is not ferrous oxide (red rust ) but invisible chromium oxide.
    Poor quality "stainless" with low percentages of chromium WILL show red rust however in this case it is probably transfered from something else.
    " When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "

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    Here's a recent pick-up for 25 EU (I'm not sure what's the current market value of these) - and also my second mess kit - with "MN 42" marking & brownish-olive or tropen(?) paint:

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    ...here is my other one, this one has "WBW 42" marking (if I'm correct) with green-olive paint:

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    Cheers,
    Fabe

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    Figured to show the East German examples for comparison
    Regards
    René

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    Mid to late war unmarked one with private purchase eating set. timothy
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