British fuel can or better known jerry can with sand camouflage paintwork dated 1943 with the war department arrow used in the North Africa campaign 1940-1943.The tin still with most of its sand camouflage paintwork this was done in North Africa to help camouflage the tins in the Desert very rare to find with this paintwork.The tin has no real damage other then a couple of small rust holes in the bottom of it and a few small dents and scratches from use the filler cap still opens and closes also locks it is in overall very nice condition and a very nice example of this famous fuel can which has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.This can was recovered from Senigallia a Town which is north of Ancona on the Gothic Line in Italy 1944 campaign.A very nice and rare relic from the Desert war in North Africa which comes with a A5 laminated information card.
After the desert war the can was shipped to Italy and used by British Army in the Italian campaign. The can was recovered from Senigallia a Town which is north of Ancona in the area where the Canadian 1st and 5th infantry divisions were, and they were part of the famous 8th Army which were attacking the Gothic line from August 1944.
The Gothic Line, renamed Green Line in Jun 1944,
was the final main German defensive line in northern Italy. The line stretched
from the area south of La Spezia on the west coast of Italy through the
Apennine Mountains to the area between Pesaro and Ravenna on the east coast. It
featured 2,376 machine gun nests, 479-gun positions, concrete bunkers, barbed
wire, anti-tank ditches, and natural terrain favouring the defenders. By Aug
1944, the Germans in Italy were plagued with increased Italian partisan
activity behind the front lines, while the Allies commanders in Italy were
frustrated by their superiors transferring forces under their control for the
new front in France. Operation Olive was launched on 25 August 1944. On
the Adriatic Sea coast in eastern Italy, Oliver Leese's British 8th Army
assaulted the eastern end of the Gothic Line finally capturing many defensive
positions until winter stopped the advance.
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