BACKGROUND: Although the German army of WWII still utilized a large quantity of horses the standard infantry division, prior to 1943, would have contained roughly nine hundred assorted gasoline powered vehicles and consumed an average of twenty tons of gasoline per day. Motorized, mechanized and armored divisions with considerably more gasoline powered vehicles would have expended enormous amounts of fuel in daily operations. For example a single Pz.Kpfw. IV, (Tiger I), tank, with a fuel capacity of five hundred thirty-four liters, would consume roughly all of its fuel traveling at an average speed of twenty kilometers per hour per every one hundred kilometers of road travel or about half that distance on normal cross country terrain. Therefore it would require approximately twenty-seven full, twenty liter capacity gasoline cans for a single Pz.Kpfw. IV, (Tiger I), tank to cover one hundred kilometers of road travel. This enormous fuel consumption required continual resupply. Also Of Note: The classic "Jerry" can design was originally adopted by the German Armed forces in late 1936 or early 1937 and was so successful that the allies valued captured cans and based their own on the same design. After the successful occupation of Czechoslovakia in March 1939 the German armed forces soon began utilizing all forms of Czech industry to make up for short falls in German production and the Czechoslovakian Sandrik firm began producing the "Jerry" cans for the Germans.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Rare extension spout for the 20L "Jerry" can. Cast steel construction. Maker marked and dated for 1943.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $450.00

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