Normally, the fuel was transported to the back-up areas of the fronts by rail. There, the fuel was decanted into 200 litres barrels because the Wehrmacht had only single tank lorries. Tank lorries were more common in use by the Luftwaffe. So the common way of transportation of fuel to the end-consumers was the transportation by barrel. For refuelling of wheeled vehicles, the fuel was decanted into standard 20 litres jerry cans.






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Einheitsbehälter für 20 l (für Kraftstoff)










The Einheitsbehälter für 20 l (für Kraftstoff) - standard jerrycan for 20 litres (for fuel) - was developed by Eisenwerk Müller & Co. AG in Schwelm in the years 1935/36. In 1936, a series of 5,000 exemplars were made for troop trials. With A.H.M. 1937, Blatt 15, No. 324 from 8th July 1937, its officially introduction was announced. The Einheitsbehälter für 20 l had an empty weight of 3.85 kg and a weight of 20 kg filled with 20 litres of fuel. The early model with cruciform stiffening ribs was made until 1941.















The model with changed style of the stiffening ribs was made by several companies in large numbers from 1939 to 1945. Beginning in 1940, a special model for Water was made. The Einheitsbehälter für 20 l was more or less handy, could be piled up easily and it did not cause spillage during refuelling. For this reason, this jerry can is in use by the German armed forces and in the civil sector in Germany until today!










200 litres barrel










The 200 litres barrel was most important for the supply of the frontline troops. Because of their larger fuel consumption, tanks were supplied by barrels directly. To supply wheeled vehicles, fuel was decanted into handy 20 litres jerry cans.















The hints 200 L, Wehrmacht, Kraftstoff (fuel), and feuergefährlich (flammable) were coined into the lid.










Reichsbahn tank wagon










The fuel was transported to the rearward areas of the fronts using those tank wagons of the Reichsbahn. It was refilled to 200 litres barrels for further dispersion.










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