M201 jerrycan

click here for a better view of the french can

At first sight French (left) and British (right) jerrycans look pretty much the same apart from the manufacturer's stamping.

Both cans have a 20 litre capacity and are of the generic WW2 design conceived by the Germans (hence the name 'jerrycan') but the differences can be seen in the photos on the left and below.

The French jerrycan made by SEA has a larger pouring neck which is also fitted with an external breather pipe (see photo below) to allow a steady flow of air to enter the can as the fuel is poured out. In the british jerrycan the equivalent pipe is fitted inside the pouring neck.