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  • RARE British fuel can with pink paint done in North Africa dated 1943 re painted Green camouflage paintwork,nice condition found at Antwerp used as supply's to the Port for the Allied advance in to Germany in 1944-1945

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    British fuel can or better known the famous Jerry can this one is dated 1943 with the War Department arrow.The tin still with a lot of pink/orange paintwork this was done in North Africa to help camouflage the tins in the Desert this one has been over painted Green for use back in Europe after the can left North Africa very rare to find with this paintwork.The tin has no real damage other then a dent around the filler cap it has a few other small dents and scratches from use but no holes that can be seen the cap still opens and closes also locks but stiff due to the dent it is in overall very nice condition and a very nice example of this famous fuel can.This can was found in Antwerp so would have been used during the supply to the Port for the Allied advance in to Germany and the end of the war from 1944-1945.The can comes with a A5 laminated information card.

    Antwerp was to prove a vital port to the Allies as they pushed towards Germany after the success of D-Day in 1944. To start with, Antwerp was not considered to be overly important as Montgomery wanted to push to the Ruhr as soon as was possible. His belief that an attack on Arnhem would bring a swift end to the war did not succeed – and it was only after the failure of Operation Market Garden that Montgomery realised the importance of Antwerp in solving the increasing supply difficulties that the Allies had as their supply lines became more and more extended as they approached Germany. The capture of Antwerp would have solved all supply problems. The port could handle 1,000 ships at a time weighing up to 19,000 tons each. Antwerp had 10 square miles of docks, 20 miles of water front, and 600 cranes. Senior Allied commanders counted on Antwerp handing 40,000 tons of supplies a day – when it was captured. Antwerp was about 80 miles from the open sea on the River Scheldt. Between the port and the sea were the islands of Walcheren and North Beveland and South Beveland that was attached to mainland Holland by a small isthmus – all held by the Germans who could do a great deal to disrupt the flow of shipping into the port. The campaign to free up Antwerp cost the Allies dear. They had lost 703 officers and 12,170 other ranks killed, wounded or lost in action, presumed dead. Over half of these casualties were Canadian men. However, the capture of Antwerp and the ability to use its port facilities was vital for the Allies as they drove on to Germany.

     

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