Yesterday Sweet Pea and I were over in Silverdale on our monthly pay-day shopping trip and we decided to make a quick stop at the Goodwill. In the "sporting goods section", I spotted an old US, WW2 mess kit! I guess there are still WW2 treasures lurking around out there just waiting to be discovered by the diligent treasure hunter......... This kit is dated 1945 and was manufactured by Knapp-Monarch Co.
The mess kit is a Model 42 (M-42), in brand new and unissued condition! The kit is constructed out of stainless steel with a galvanized steel handle. This kit looks like it was just issued out of the Quartermaster's Warehouse! Normally the field silverware set was carried inside (knife, fork, spoon). A cup was also provided that nested around the bottom of the canteen. (I'll do another posting of the full set with canteen, mess kit, cup and silverware). Not much more to say about this mint condition mess kit, so I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves.
Here are some great WW2 photos of GI's enjoying a meal out of their mess kits: