For sale is a Rare WW2 United States USMC Black enamel Canteen 1942 Dated. Early in World War II, aluminum was urgently needed for aircraft. Therefore, in 1942 stainless steel canteens were substituted for aluminum and alternative materials were investigated, such as plastic for canteens. Another idea for conserving the most valuable metals was to use a lower quality metal with a porcelain enameled coating. The result was this, the M1942 Black Porcelain Enamel Canteen, which was according to some sources used issued almost exclusively to the U.S. Marine Corps. Unfortunately this "experiment" was not successful at all, and there were numerous complaints from the field, as the chipped enamel inside from a dent would result in water contamination, and overall the canteens were just not very resilient. They were quickly removed from service, and replaced by the standard aluminum canteens that everyone is familiar with today. They are very scarce on the market, especially with the original carrier and matching enameled canteen cup. This canteen is in good condition, there are several chips of enamel missing so please see photos for more details. On the base it’s marked in white “ U.S S. M. Co. 1942”. This will be sent via special delivery and dispatched within two to three working day’s.
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