British WWII supply drop canister! British WWII positions.
Our next favorite metal detecting find is here! All this nice WWII relics were found by Steven from Belgium.
Specially the British WWII supply drop canister is amazing!
“Hi Nils and Willy!
It was 60cm deep 3x ammo box and 650x empty ammunition casings and ammunition belt 4m long from the Besa machine gun, British mauser.
Two British jerrycans. They were trapped under two thick tree roots. Therefore we had to remove the sand from the bottom. The roots were pressed on the jerrycans.
Informations about the drop can (Wikipedia.org): “The CLE Canister was a standardized cylindrical container used by the British during World War 2 to airdrop supplies to troops on the ground. The name initially derived from the Central Landing Establishment that developed them, although this was later backronymed to Container Light Equipment.Initially, the canisters were of wood and metal construction. The Mark 1 canister weighted around 46 kilograms (101 lb) empty and 159 kilograms (351 lb) when filled. It was cylindrical, 1.7 metres (5.6 ft) long and 40 centimetres (16 in) in diameter. The Mark 1T canister was similar except it was of metal construction and slightly heaver, weighing 61 kilograms (134 lb) empty and again 159 kilograms (351 lb) when filled. The Mark III canister was similar, but slightly longer 1.8 metres (5.9 ft).
One end of the canister carried a parachute pack. The parachute was deployed by a static line, which opened a pilot parachute, which in turn opened the main canopy. The other end of the canister was fitted with a pan-like structure that cushioned the impact of landing. The canisters’ attachment system allowed them to be carried from the bomb-racks of bomber aircraft.
The canisters could contain food, ammunition, weapons or other equipment – the Mark 1 canister could carry 12 rifles and 1000 rounds of ammunition. A cylindrical fuel can was also developed to fit the CLE Canister, with a canister able to accommodate three of the cans. Some loads, such as radios, weren’t dropped in CLE Canisters and required special containers to carry and protect them.”
He is using the Xp Gmaxx II metal detector.
What a find! Congratulations!