Item:
ON5076

Original U.S. WWII Trench Art M1942 Canteen Cup

Item Description

Original Item: One-of-a-kind. This is a standard M1942 aluminum canteen cup stamped on the handle U.S. AGM Co. 1945. .

However, this is not just an ordinary canteen but a canvas for a very skilled (and bored) engraver (soldier) who recorded his journey from his first days in camp to  just before the war's end. The canteen features unit markings on the bottom and reads:

USA
FORT SILL BKLA
CAMP CHAFFEE ARK
FORT KNOX, KY
CAMP AP HILL, VA
CAMP KILLMER, NJ
CAMP SHANK, NY
GILBRALTAR
NORTH AFRICA
CASABLANCA
ORAN
TREBESSA
MCNASEY
BISERTY
TUNIS
SICILY
SCOTLAND
ENGLAND
FRANCE
BELGIUM
HOLLAND
GERMANY
?
U.S.A “I HOPE IN 45”
Before you ask how could this have been done if the canteen was produced in 1945, this was probably made over the course of a few days towards the end of the war before the fall of Germany. After researching the progress our best guess is that this soldier was a member of the 6th Armored Division, but more research could certainly be undertaken. A lovely genuine piece of WW2 trench art created during moments of peace during one some of the darkest days in history.

 

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