Original German WWII M31 Enameled Steel Mess Kit Kochgeschirr with Canvas Strap - Dated 1943
Original Item: Only one available. This is a very nice late war example of a German Mess Tin M31 or Kochgeschirr Modell 1931 (cooking pot Model 31). A scaled down version of the earlier M1910, it it is a kidney shaped cooking pot with a total capacity of 1.7 liters. It cconsists of 2 parts: the pot with the wire handle, and a cover with a handle to use as a plate.
Early in the war, these were made entirely from aluminum. As the war progressed, they moved to steel handles on the lids, and eventually were made entirely of steel, such as this example. It is painted in the standard Green color, with a red primer base coat. The interior is coated with red enamel. It is maker marked DHW / 43 on both the lid hinge and on the fittings for the pot handle. Condition is very good, with just light wear to the outside, with some paint damage. There also was damage to one of the handle fittings, which was then field repaired.
The tin comes with a correct canvas strap, used to hold the set closed as well as to attach it to the combat rigging. A very nice WWII M31 Mess tin, ready to add to your collection!
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