This is a German fuel can the famous Jerry can which has all maker stamps and markings and is dated 1939.The can has some small amount of its original black paintwork remains still fairly clear to see and with a nice maker stamp on the side on the bottom of the front of the can the typical very early war style. The can which has some dents and knocks from use and with a few small rust holes and war time repairs the can has light surface rust all over with some heavy thick rust in places the cap still opens and closes also locks perfectly well but a bit stiff it is in overall very nice condition and a very nice example of this famous fuel can battlefield found and more semi-relic then full relic which has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection and comes with 2xA5 laminated information cards with pictures. The fuel can was recovered from the site of what was the Luftwaffe airfield base at Audembert near Calais used in battle of Britain 1940 by Jagdeschwader 26 the unit commanded by Adolf Galland, remained a fighter base until 1944.
Audembert air field was a German airfield 230 kilometres north of Paris.
It was a Feldflugplatz (wartime airfield) of the Luftwaffe during World War II, but it probably existed already before the outbreak of World War II. It was located close to a mile from the English Channel. Due to its location, it was the closest airfield to England, and therefore one of the most important fighter airfields during the Battle of Britain. In the summer of 1940, the airfield was used by I./JG26 'Schlageter', flying Bf109Fs. Jagdgeschwader 26 'Schlageter' was the unit of Adolf Galland, a German fighter ace, who later that year was promoted to command the entire Jagdgeschwader. After the Battle of Britain, the airfield remained a Luftwaffe unit. The field consisted of a single surfaced runway, some taxi tracks and hangars. The Luftwaffe continued to use the airfield until the Normandy invasion in 1944.
After the area was taken over by the Allies in late 1944 however, it was returned to farmland after the war and is still that today the picture below shows Adolf Galland on Goering´s visit to JG 26 at Audembert on the 5th December 1941.
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