10-19-2014 01:04 AM
I have a question about Wehrmacht mess kit use. Now, we all know that the Red Army's mess kit looks extremely close (especially to the untrained eye) to the M31 and the Germans captured millions of them. What is everyone's opinions on Wehrmacht use of Red Army mess kits?
For sure they were used but they are still Russian.
Same goes for spaten.... many Russian ones are found in German positions but captured or not, they are soviet issue.
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Thanks for the response, Dan.
I'm not saying that they magically become German in any way, I'm just interested in the use, who would have got them, frontline, Sicherungs, Luftwaffefeld...or did it matter, were they repainted (I know that Olivgruen is quite close the Russian green) and so on. It's relatively hard to say from most period photographs and the ones where it's clear what's being used, it's always a German mess kit.
I have a Mess Kit marked HRE 43 . It is marked in the usual spot on the lid where handle is riveted. It is made from aluminum but has the later war style stamped steel loops that hold the bale on and they are not marked. There is very little paint left on it but the paint that is left matches perfectly as if these two parts have always been together. Do you guys think this is a matching example or a typical mis-match???
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Heres my M31 with both top and bottom parts marked MN38 - the kicker is that the soldier added some trench art and his initials.
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