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Why is a 'jerry can' so called?


Why is a ‘jerry can’ so called? Am asking for Francis Maude.
Mike, Newbury


** Definitive **
Name: Harry, Sidcup
Qualification: I watched the World At War
Answer: During the second world war, when the army were in north Africa, the British had small, thin, very unsuitable fuel cans. When they eventually defeated Rommel, they captured lots of equipment and found that the German fuel-carrying cans were much better, designed in the 30s to carry up to 30litres of fuel. They nicknamed them Jerry Cans, as they called Germans Jerrys.