Japanese Army “Last Ditch” Rubber Canteen


A very good example of the rubber canteen that was introduced in 1944, after the Japanese Army had decreed that any of its equipment that was made from aluminum (such as canteens) could thereafter be temporarily made from other suitable materials, such as rubber, porcelain, or leather. The rubber Army canteen was the result of this effort to conserve the precious aluminum for the war effort. The canteen is complete with its original rubber stopper and the full carrying harness. The canteen shows the typical collapsed shape for this piece of equipment, a condition that always developed as a result of the poor quality of rubber that the military was forced to use at that point in the war.


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