This is a rare find from the battlefield a German 1st pattern 20 litre Fuel can which still has its original brass made makers plate.The tin still with some original blue paintwork it does have some damage it has some large dents down both sides and the ends it has some rust holes and rust mostly surface rust the rare bit its wooden stopped obviously the original one was lost and they used wood instead as the German army was running out of supplies a classic example it is in overall very nice condition which has been very well cleaned and is perfect for display or any collection.The fuel can was recovered from around the town of Wiltz on the Belgium-Luxembourg border in the woods of the the Ardennes Forest from the scene of the battle of the bulge in the winter of 1944-1945 a very nice and rare relic from this famous battle and Hitler's last big offensive of the war.
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The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front towards the end of World War II in the European theatre. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. American forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties for any operation during the war. The battle also severely depleted Germany's armoured forces on the Western Front bringing the war to end much sooner.