A female British factory worker welds a copy of a Wehrmacht fuel can in 1942

I’ve written several times on this site (here, for example), and in articles elsewhere, about the original Wehrmacht “jerry” can, now the NATO can, which I still hold to be the best fuel container on the planet. Now someone, specifically a Scottish bloke named Calum, has significantly out-geeked me with a 30-minute documentary (and commentary) on the Wehrmacht fuel can and its subsequent adoption by the British—as well as its inexplicable subsequent cheapening by the Americans as the Blitz can.

There’s stuff in here even I didn’t know. For example, the above screen capture from the film shows that in 1942 the British were already in production with outright copies of the Wehrmacht cans they had found abandoned in the deserts of North Africas. I found the whole thing fascinating; I’m sure you’ll find at least some of it so—and the opening vignette is hilarious. Hat tip to Graham Jackson for finding this.

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