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Australian Canteens and Mess Kits

Article about: Hello all, Here are a nice matching pair of Australian Army (Pattern 37 I believe) Mess Tins I have found recently. Very well made items by S.M.P in June 1968. The small tin measures approx.

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    Quote by reneblacky View Post
    A cover from my pic archive!
    Nice one mate. I don't recall seeing one without the normal front stitching.

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    Quote by Ubique View Post
    That 69 cup and water bottle are practically mint christek!
    And the cover is not too shabby either.
    Its nice to have a date on the cover. Most seem to fade from rubbing where they stamp them!

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    Plain front without stitching usually means more recent production-70s/early 80s.
    As to having 3 cups, well you had to buy one from a camping/disposal store-I had a bodgey aluminium one for shaving-always lots to get to have the actually needed stuff-that never changes...

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    This one is dated '71

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    Ahh crap, I do have a complete set & a spare large pan!!! was just fossicking around the junk room and found these in a forgotten about pack!
    All made by AECO 7/69
    Last edited by reneblacky; 03-27-2019 at 07:32 AM.

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    Very nice set René! Thanks for posting them. Cheers

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    I thought the NSN country code 71 and 50 that was on Australian gear during the 60s was contract made.
    Australia started using the NSN from 61 I believe with 66. Once we started making our own gear (100% Aust made) in 68.

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    Contract made would make sense but I cant figure out why Stokes were going overseas when they were stamping badges and the like in Melbourne? Aussie helmets from the 1980's were 50 stamped. Its an area I need to learn more about.

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    1960s P'62

    1st issue US Army Stock
    8465-191-0366 Canteen Aluminum M1951 (1962)
    8465-242-7843 Cup, Water Canteen, CRS M1942 (1962)
    8465-577-4926 Cover, Water Canteen M1956 (1962)

    2nd issue
    50 is the US foreign sales country code for Australia - US made
    8465-50-191-0366 Canteen Aluminum M1951 (1963-64)
    8465-50-242-7843 Cup, Water Canteen, CRS M1942 (1963-67) (1968-73 AUS made)
    8465-50-577-4926 Cover, Water Canteen Type 1 P'62 (1963-64 has ALICE clips & M1910 hanger)

    71 is the Canadian foreign sales country code for Australia
    8465-71-108-8703 Canteen, Water 1qt (1965-74) - Canadian suppled (Canadian NSN is 8465-21-108-8703)

    66 Aust Made
    8465-50-577-4926 Cover, Water Canteen Type 2 P'62 AUS made (1965-72 has ALICE clips & M1910 hanger low hang like P'44)
    8465-66-058-5567 Cup, Water Canteen, CRS AUS made (7 Jan 1974)
    8465-66-063-9664 Cover, Water Canteen Type 1 AUS made (30 Sep 1973 OD plain front ALICE clips, belt loops, & M1910 hanger low hang like P'44)
    8465-66-086-8349 Canteen, Water 1 qt AUS made (18 Dec 1975)
    8465-66-063-9664 Cover, Water Canteen Type 2 AUS made (? OD with ALICE clip slot on the front ALICE clips, belt loops, & M1910 hanger low hang like P'44)

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    Great info thank you Recon

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