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WW2 Italian oil barrels????? Need help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Article about: Hello everybody! I just found these two barrels somewere in Greece. I think they are italian oil barrels. I need help to identify them! The barrels are modified to be plant pots, so the are

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    Hello everybody! I just found these two barrels somewere in Greece. I think they are italian oil barrels. I need help to identify them!
    The barrels are modified to be plant pots, so the are full of soil inside. The first one, is turned up side down, and it has a mark on the top: "G.M.E FIGLIOCI GENOVA G.MORGAVI E FIGLIOCI".
    The other one also has a mark: "G - DE MICHELI - FIRENZE"
    No dates at all!
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    Guiseppe de Micheli of Firenze manufactured thermo-hydraulic coolants during WW2 and the company was a pro fascist business that did supply the Germans as well Italy's armed forces. Whether the barrels are of that time is debatable, but they would have contained either hydraulic oil or glycol, so it's a possibility that the barrels maybe related to the occupying forces. I can't help with the other named barrel, but it's probably a similar thing.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    And if they are WWII what can you do with them? You must have one hell of a collection space!
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    Guiseppe de Micheli of Firenze manufactured thermo-hydraulic coolants during WW2 and the company was a pro fascist business that did supply the Germans as well Italy's armed forces. Whether the barrels are of that time is debatable, but they would have contained either hydraulic oil or glycol, so it's a possibility that the barrels maybe related to the occupying forces. I can't help with the other named barrel, but it's probably a similar thing.

    Regards, Ned.
    Very helpfull information Ned. Thanx a lot. Do you have any sources to reccomend for further information?

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    Quote by Jerry B View Post
    And if they are WWII what can you do with them? You must have one hell of a collection space!
    I do have!

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    Quote by hibacusa View Post
    Very helpfull information Ned. Thanx a lot. Do you have any sources to reccomend for further information?
    Sorry I don't. You could try looking into the name on the barrel and see if you can find a link to the company (Local history, business directories, companies involved in thermo-hydraulics etc.) as I think it may be still going today or maybe amalgamated/subsumed into an Italian conglomerate. There are little bits of info out there, but it's all snippets and much is in Italian, so I didn't bother taking note of all the sources I looked at i'm afraid.

    Regards, Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Quote by big ned View Post
    Sorry I don't. You could try looking into the name on the barrel and see if you can find a link to the company (Local history, business directories, companies involved in thermo-hydraulics etc.) as I think it may be still going today or maybe amalgamated/subsumed into an Italian conglomerate. There are little bits of info out there, but it's all snippets and much is in Italian, so I didn't bother taking note of all the sources I looked at i'm afraid.

    Regards, Ned.
    I agree with Ned.

    You must try to see the the botom side engraved name , such as "Regia Aeronautica", "RE" etc.
    See below what i mean..
    John
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    Quote by jterny View Post
    I agree with Ned.

    You must try to see the the botom side engraved name , such as "Regia Aeronautica", "RE" etc.
    See below what i mean..
    John
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    Can you please desist with all the question and exclamation marks ? There is no need for them .
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    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

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