Original British WWII Vickers Machine Gun Water SHELL MEX BP LTD Spirit Can - Petrol 2 Gallons
Original Item: Only One Available. Original aviation can showing SHELL MEX "BP" LTD clearly stamped on each side. Originally these WW2 cans were manufactured to contain Petrol (gasoline) and were embossed with a large SHELL logo on the top and:
In short order, however, these were adopted by the Machine Gun Corp to be used as water condensing can with the water-cooled Vickers Machine Guns. The rapid Machine gun fire led to overheated barrels that were then liable to distortion so each gun was fitted with a water jacket as a cooling system. Originally painted BLACK and WHITE.
The water reservoirs were connected by rubber hoses to these condenser cans so that stream would flow out of the jacket and into a partially filled water can condensing and could then to be poured back into the water reservoir and recycled.
At the start of WW1 Vickers MGs were equipped with canvas water buckets but these were soon found to be unsuitable and these cans soon adopted in their place..
This can in fine condition for being manufactured in 1939 years old is stamped on the bottom:
5.39 (May 1939)
Even comes complete with the original brass cap.
Measures 11" x 9.5" x 6"
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