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Jerry Cans: The True Secret Weapon of WWII

Interesting history of the little can that could.

From WW2 to Harbor Freight copies today.

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Thank you for bringing that interesting bit of history to my attention. :slight_smile:

My models need more Cowbell. I mean, Jerry Cans. Probably both.

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I think I mentioned once before, that when the British Army had a School of Petroleum, and we recruits in the RAOC undertook a visit there (c.1971), I was somewhat bemused to find a Jerrican Museum there!

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Happy to share.

I confess, surprise walking into the local Harbor Freight and seeing a WW2 style Jerry can. Ended up buying it due to cool legacy.

Later discovered it was the Perfect gas can for our emergency generator :grinning:

Some “experts,” like in the video above, like to bash the US version of the Jerry can. And I will agree with many of their points about the German design; but the bottom line is, the US can has held up very well over the years. I have never seen one fail because of a bad seam, and they are still available and in use all over the place!
Ken