Original German WWII USGI Captured & Decorated Kochgeschirr M31 Aluminum Mess Kit dated 1939
Original Item: Only one available. This is a very nice USGI Captured & Decorated 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 consists 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.
This example is all aluminum, except for the handles on the pot, so it is an early Pre-WWII Version. The handle for the lid was removed at some point, possibly by the USGI who captured it, who also removed almost all of the paint from the exterior. It also shows wear from service in the form of dents, scratches, and so forth. It is marked HWS D 39 on one of the the fittings for the pot handle, for 1939 production. After removing the paint, the USGI engraved the words GERMAN MESSKIT around a large swas (hook cross) emblem.
A great USGI bring back mess kit from WWII, ready to display!
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