World War Two Jerry Can & Bracket / Holder Information
The U.S. military began using the steel jerry can to store and transport liquids during World War II. The capacity of the steel jerry can is 5.05 gallons or 20 liters, with a weight of 10.5 pounds empty and 41 pounds when full of gasoline.
Jerry Can Manufacturer List (incomplete)
Conco (continental can company)
Davis Welding & MFG Co. (Note this is a 1943 dated USN embossed can)
Magnatex (The Circle M marking) I have photos of a 42 dated can. (Rml1708)
S.A. Jr. Toys
Early 1940's Jerry Cans
My 1943 Jerry Cans
Some of the USA Jerry Cans were date stamped on top, some on the bottom. By 1945 it seems all of them were stamped on the bottom.
Here are some pictures of a couple of my 1943 cans in the process of being cleaned up and painted.
Date stamping usually of the form "20-5-42". This means 20 liters-5 gallons, made in 1942 and not "May 20, 1942"
The ICC stands for Interstate Commerce Commission
The N.S.I. stands for the company that made this can.
Please notice the difference in the size of the date stamp used on the two cans above & made by the same company.
The poor spouts used on the standard WW2 cans were cam style not thread in.
Jerry Can Brackets used on WW2 Jeeps
Here is a comparison of the older WW2 brackets and the post War new style.
My old style are all stamped with the number 66675
The old & newer style are made different as you will see in the pictures.
These are pictures of a couple of my extra brackets showing the comparison.