Chuck Lutz wrote:Mark....while the Marines in the Pacific were often based in OZ or NZ or on Maui, they were also using ships combat loaded direct from the USA, were they not? So items found on many islands could have come direct from the USA and not been loaded in a foreign port, right? Where were the outfits on Tarawa based, where were all the vessels combat loaded for the invasion of Tarawa, and where had the units in that invasion been prior to arriving there? This would go a long way to telling us where and how those mystery cans arrived in that photo. The photo is not of the original landing day, it is of the departure of the Marines I believe, so can you tell us how long the Marines were on Tarawa, how they were supplied during that time after the invasion, and where the ships that supplied material possibly seen in that photo were combat loaded?
Chuck Lutz wrote:So, Luca...it is your contention that all the unmarked "mystery" cans in the USA with the big "X" on them and no mfg. info on them were made in Europe? Also can you comment on the mystery cans here in the USA with the ROUND spout on them? I don't recall seeing any German or British or Italian cans with a ROUND spout on them, so these had to have been made here in the USA.....the European cans have that German-style oblong spout on them.
I have no idea how many cans the British made with no W/D markings on them, but the USA made 22 million cans it seems and they are found all over the world....can you explain how with us shipping them everywhere that so many of these unmarked, and clearly early/non-US style cans are found in the USA and why the Marines are using them so EARLY in WWII in the Pacific?
How and why would so many have been sent TO the USA when we were clearly getting ready or had begun to make 22 million of them? I can understand the possibility of some German cans and some early British copies could have been sent to the US for evaluation and to copy, but it seems there are far too many here STILL to cover that supposition. Since the Marines had obviously been ISSUED enough for them to have shown up in the Tarawa photograph makes it unlikely they came from that source.
How the British who were in a very critical phase of the war could find the priority to ship jerry cans to Australia in time for the Marines to have been issued them for Tarawa is hard to fathom. Even more interesting is that they sent cans that were not even marked with the W/D????? The Brits DID make "Reverse Lend Lease" gear and delivered it to the US forces in Europe, they did NOT make, for instance, First Aid web pouches and send them to the USA for our troops to use.....they delivered them to US forces in Europe....so I don't buy that jerry cans made in England with NO markings on them were sent to the US where we find them today....or that for some reason the Marines ended up with them on Tarawa from this shipment.
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