Only One Available: This is an original Korean War French M52 Mess kit. Produced by JAPY in 1953.
Known as Gamelle Modelle 1952. In the 1950’s the Gamelle Armée Française M35 was replaced with a new model, the Armée Française M52. This new type of mess tin was totally different from its predecessor. Although the M39 was rectangular in shape, the idea behind it was taken basically from the German kidney shape mess kit, the M31 Kochgeschirr, with the large pot and the lid whose handle closes over the whole kit (+ a pan inside).
The Armée Française M52 Mess Kit resembles more the British Patt 37 mess tin because of its rectangular shape and size. The influence goes further because of the way the components are stored inside each other. However it differs from its British counterpart in the following ways. First of all it consists of three components instead of two. The handles differ as well. In fact, the smallest and the largest component have a handle which is similar to the U.S. Meat Can handle and not a wire type handle that the Patt 37 has.
This would make a perfect addition to any Korean War collection.
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