This is a American 5-Gallon water can dated 1942 it has its original markings on the top clear to see and some of its original green paintwork fairly clear to see and has the white painted W on both sides. The can is not complete it is missing its bottom on the inside it still has some of the original white paintwork. The tin is in nice relic but solid condition it does not have any rust holes it has only lightly rusted not heavy thick rust as it was found years ago it has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or for any collection. The can was recovered from woods near the Elsenborn Ridge in the Ardennes Forest from the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 a very nice and unusual find from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war. The can comes with a A5 laminated information card.
The Battle of Elsenborn Ridge was the only sector of the American front lines during the Battle of the Bulge where the Germans failed to advance. The battle centred on Elsenborn Ridge east of Elsenborn, Belgium. In this region, Elsenborn Ridge marks the westernmost ridge of the Ardennes rising more than 600 meters above sea level; unlike the upland’s further north, east and south, it has been extensively logged for agriculture. West of Elsenborn Ridge, where the land descends in gentle hills down to the cities of Liège and Spa, was a vast array of Allied supplies and the well-developed road network leading to the Meuse River and Antwerp. The Germans planned on using two key rollbahns or routes through the area to seize Antwerp and force a separate peace with the United States and Britain. Capturing Monschau, the nearby village of Höfen, and the twin villages of Rocherath-Krinkelt just east of Elsenborn Ridge, were key to the success of the German plans, and Hitler committed his best armoured units and infantry troops to the area, including the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.
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