US Military Two Quart Collapsible...
Two Quart Collapsible Plastic Canteen 1968
with Cover dated 1972
Vietnam War dated
Manufactured by Hedwin
Made in USA
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A Second Pattern Two Quart Collapsible Canteen (shown in the photos, left and right, and top photo on this page) had a more substantial plastic bladder (made of ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer, 7x7x3 inches) with a cap in one corner, the same cap as the plastic one quart canteen. A water repellant nylon duck carrier/cover was supplied for this canteen, originally in OG106 and later also in Tan. The carrier had a latch fastener closure in front, and ALICE clips on the reverse side that could be attached to the individual equipment belt or pack. It also had a detachable shoulder strap (sling) that clipped to small D-rings on the upper sides of the carrier. Inside, it had a pile lining. An outside pocket was provided for a bottle of water-purification tablets. The roomy carrier was sometimes used as an auxiliary carrying bag for magazines or other field needs. Markings included U.S. on the front of the top flap, along with nomenclature, contract and NSN information stencilled on the back. A label with filling instructions was sewn inside the flap. This model is known as the Canteen, Water, Collapsible, 2 Quart. After the deficiencies of the First Pattern 2-Quart Collapsible Canteen became evident, the Canteen, Water, Collapsible, 2 Quart was approved in December 1965 and funded in 1967. After evaluation of prototypes in Vietnam, the new canteen was standardized 11 October 1968 and was widely fielded in 1969. In 1991, troops serving in the Gulf War were issued this canteen, in both olive green and desert tan for both the canteen body and the carrier. It remained in use into the 21st century when the CamelBak canteen alternative gradually came into general use.