British made cans

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Post by Mat Rimmer » Tue Jan 10, 2006 10:22 am

Hi Jim,

There were many different tags used on British cans and the B one you discribe was still in use in the late 1980's. are you collecting WW2 dated British cans? they turn up here quite often,if you cover the postage I would be happy to send you some.

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Post by Derek Eddlestone » Wed Sep 20, 2006 3:07 am

Matt,

I have a problem getting rid of them. If you find a market, please let me know because the guys who drive the British vehicles down here seem to have a problem parting with their cash. I would rather let them sit and rot when I get offered a couple of pounds for a nice can and get told its got a bit of rust inside.

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Post by tipdog » Wed May 14, 2008 9:51 am

Also for some reason the British designers built a can that does not readily fit the gas filler of any known vehicle. And they wonder why they lost their Empire!
They followed German practice. However, I've found that the Germans had wide mouthed fillers on most of their vehicles - thus requiring no funnel or spout.

I know the U.S. copied this practice on later production WWII vehicles and certainly on many post-war M-series vehicles.

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Post by Derek Eddlestone » Wed May 14, 2008 10:33 am

tipdog wrote:
Also for some reason the British designers built a can that does not readily fit the gas filler of any known vehicle. And they wonder why they lost their Empire!
They followed German practice. However, I've found that the Germans had wide mouthed fillers on most of their vehicles - thus requiring no funnel or spout.

I know the U.S. copied this practice on later production WWII vehicles and certainly on many post-war M-series vehicles.
I'm sure that the use of a funnel would get the fuel from the can to the tank.. :wink: :wink: :wink:

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Post by tipdog » Wed May 14, 2008 1:02 pm

It may have helped, but it wasn't required.


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Jerry Can found in Crete

Post by palley » Mon May 26, 2008 1:41 am

I found a jerry can in an abandoned farmhouse in Crete, scene of fierce fighting in WW2. The can is marked on one side only with the W/|\D Broad arrow, the makers names MB&Co, and the numbers 2-50 at the bottom - which could I guess be the date - which makes it post war. This is not impossible but rather odd! Does anyone have any ideas?
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Re: British made cans

Post by Ian Mastin » Mon May 11, 2009 3:01 am

G'day All,

Just adding to the list I have the following:-
1, W/!\D 1943 W&W
1, W/!\D 1944 BMB
1, W/!\D 1945 W&W


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Post by turpin42 » Thu Jun 11, 2009 9:20 am

Hi
Have a few british wartime dated cans but i have recently added a new one to the collection.
Stamped BMB 1944.
Its been painted postwar with red paint on either side with words BP and ildsfarlig (norwegian for flammable) in white.
What is interesting is the part number stenciled in white on the back. Have'nt seen that before.
Can't make it all out... 1Z#Z A 055 (maybe?) anyone know what the british wartime part number is for a jerry can?

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Post by Charlie S. » Sat Jun 20, 2009 3:58 pm

Hi guys,
could you tell me which company made this 1944 water jerry can ?
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Post by gerrykan » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:00 pm

Charlie,
This was originally posted by Adrian Hardgrave,
BMB is Briggs Motor Bodies Ltd, of Dagenham, Essex. They were a US owned firm that produced bodies for several car manufacturers, starting in the UK in the 1930's. Eventually most of their output went to Ford of Dagenham, who bought the firm outright in 1953.
You have a good find, as the British Water cans are not often seen.
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Post by Charlie S. » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:11 pm

Hi Roy,
many thanks for your reply.
Is good to know that's not a common jerry can :D
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Post by REG » Sat Jul 11, 2009 1:04 am

BMB also made steel helmets, particularly the dispatch rider and parachutist helmets.
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Post by lanceng156 » Wed Oct 28, 2009 3:31 am

To add to the list I have:

1944 BMB
1945 BMB
1945 BMB - Marked for water.

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British made cans

Post by chucky555 » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:52 am

I picked up three of these cans from an Army surplus store in Oregon. I was just browsing through what i thought was a pile of post-war cans, and grabbed the oldeset looking one. I wasn't until I got home, that I looked at the can and noticed the 1945 BMB stamps on it. I went back and bought two more, another 1945 BMB and a 1944 BMB. They were $15 each, so I was happy about it.
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Re: British made cans

Post by jmc543 » Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:48 pm

I just bought a can dated 1976 and marked bsc above cpw. What do those markings mean?

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