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German Jerry Cans
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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 03:19 AM UTC
I recently purchased a set of Bronco German 'Jerry cans', #AB3576. A nice kit, it contains two sprues of plastic, a piece of PE brass, and some decals for the white crosses used on water cans. The PE has some ridiculously tiny pieces that are to be combined with a tiny plastic piece to make a replacement for the separately molded caps for the cans. Anyway, I have a question. There are three different styles of can included. Two are the same except for the wording and symbols embossed on them.



The third has some words and a much simpler "X" on each side. Can someone tell which each is used for? Any help would be appreciated. Al
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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 04:14 AM UTC
I think that the one with the simple X stamping are early versions and the others the later versions. Looks as if the SS had their own branding on them. The US cans also had a simple X while the British copied the German ones.


Full size image: https://i.pinimg.com/originals/26/c1/8c/26c18cc3289b9ef6a9fe694efffa6588.jpg
The old one is stamped 1939 and the two others 1943.

The word Kraftstoff means fuel and Wasser means water.
/ Robin
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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 05:46 AM UTC
Kraftstoff is fuel.

Wasser is Water,usually marked with a white cross
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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 06:04 AM UTC
"Feuergefährlich" means "inflammable", though the litteral translation would be "fire dangerous"
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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 06:06 AM UTC
Thanks for the comeback and the info, that helps a lot. There was no instruction sheet, just the back of the box. And it didn't distinguish one from another. Al
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Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 06:56 PM UTC
Googled 'Sandrik', the word stamped on one of the Jerry cans, and found this photo. Apparently the Waffen SS did have their own specially marked gas cans.



Am still amazed at the information you can find if you use the right key word.

Al
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Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 12:54 PM UTC
There use to be an amazing web site were the guy had loads of pictures and information not only about the jerry can and all its types but also the large round fuel drums, but sadly it seems to have disappeared. I think he might have gathered it all together and published a book on the subject. anyway its gone now, or I certainly can't find it anymore.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 07:39 AM UTC
Could it be this one ? If not, I guess it's still worth a look

https://philippeleger5.wixsite.com/jerrycan-

H.P.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 09:06 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Could it be this one ? If not, I guess it's still worth a look

https://philippeleger5.wixsite.com/jerrycan-

H.P.



Hi frenchy

Yes, I believe it is the same person but not the same web site. It appears most of the information is now in his book with some updates since that was published shown within the site.
Very devoted person to the humble jerrycan.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 05:30 PM UTC
While not strictly a Jerrycan, very closely related - http://www.hobbyhavoc.com/forum/index.php?topic=5935.0 -

Apparently works just as well with Jack Daniels.
Does anyone have more info on these?

Mal
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 08:09 PM UTC

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Does anyone have more info on these?



AFAIK, these were used in Indochina and Algeria. A similar can was even used for edible oil. A larger model was also available :



H.P.
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Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 09:16 PM UTC
Thanks Frenchy

Mal
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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 02:26 AM UTC
Hmm. I wonder if rather than being made for SS use, the Sandrik jerrycans were actually MADE by the SS. The SS Wirtschafts- und Verwaltungshauptamt (Economic and Aministrative Dept) under Oswald Pohl controlled a vast network of companies making pottery, metalwork, undertaking quarrying etc. Perhaps it took over Sandrik during the period of the Third Reich?