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Unit Marked Canteen Translation
Old 10-14-2019, 03:03 PM   #1
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Hi Folks: I recently picked up a German WWII canteen w/o cup made by “V.D.N.S. 35” but when I removed the canteen from the felt cover...I found a unit stamping “Fla. M.G. 396”. What is this unit? I’ll post pictures soon. Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:43 PM   #2
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Whereas in a Flak unit the "k" means Kanone as 8,8 cm or 2,0 cm, a Fla-MG unit is only using machineguns in its antiaircraft capacity.
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Old 10-14-2019, 11:52 PM   #3
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Thank you....
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Old 10-15-2019, 03:13 PM   #4
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Pictures of stamping inside the felt cover....."Fla. M.G. 336 or 396"??...and on the lip by the snaps "VDNS 35"
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Old 10-17-2019, 12:43 AM   #5
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I vote "396", as if you look where the middle part of the 3 is, it is at a different
height than the corresponding part of the following 9. If both 3's, I would
expect that part to be at the same height. But, this is just a guess!

Nice find!
John
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Old 10-23-2019, 03:39 PM   #6
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336 for me, the ink looks like it bleed a bit on that spot.
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