M.1910, M.1915 oder M.1917 Kochgeschirr
(Individual Mess Kit)
Soldiers had to be able to cook their food during periods of rest and lightweight individual boilers were issued in most European countries, although France, Austria and Norway were using larger collective boilers. The disadvantages were that if the soldier carrying the larger boiler got lost, a small group of soldiers had no cooking boiler to use.
The Kochgeschirr, which was used prior to 1910, was made of aluminum and had a capacity of 2 1/2 liters. It was blackened for foot troops and left in aluminum finish for mounted units. The handle could be attached or detached from the lid of the canteen. Detached, it was carried in the backpack. It contained an opening to insert a wooden stick in case the handle became too hot when the contents were heated. The weight of the canteen was 380g for foot troops and 400g for mounted troops who had a version made of thicker aluminum. Markings on the outside/inside of the mess kit divide it into five sections of 1/2 liters. The Kochgeschirr was always carried attached to the backpack.
In January 1910, the Prussian War Ministry decided to adopt a new model for dismounted troops. Mounted troops were still to use the old model. This new model was reduced in size and could only contain 2 liters. The lid measured 2.1" (5.8cm) in height, 6.7" (17cm) in length and was 4.1" (10.4cm) deep. It was found that the detachable handle on the previously used camp kettle was often lost therefore this new model had a lid handle permanently fixed. The fork and spoon combination, Eßbesteck, was stored inside the mess kit. This model of Kochgeschirr would be unpainted or blackened.
In January 1914, the Prussian War Ministry decided to adopt a new model for dismounted troops. Mounted troops were still to use the old model. This new model was reduced in size and could only contain 2 liters. The lid measured 2.1" (5.8cm) in height, 6.7" (17cm) in length and was 4.1" (10.4cm) deep and the lid handle was now permanently fixed. It was found that the detachable handle on the previously used camp kettle was often lost. The fork and spoon combination, Eßbesteck, was stored inside the mess kit. These could be unpainted or blackened.
The mess kit was attached on the backpack or, when no backpack was worn, often between the folded tent shelter during the later part of the war.
In 1915 the Kochsgeschirr was supplied with field-grey matte paint and was made from sheet metal Weissblech (tin-plated sheet iron) or Stahlbelch (tin-plated sheet steel) instead of aluminum, which was becoming more and more scarce. Other wartime kettles could be made from double-plated Stahlblech with a field-grey exterior finish, an enameled finish interior and exterior, a tinned finish interior and enameled finish exterior, or a tinned finish exterior and painted exterior. The handle was simplified by changing its form from a T cross section to a ﬂat shape, thus eliminating the reinforcement. This model was not only issued to foot troops, but also saw its introduction for the first time to mounted units.
A last change was finally introduced during 1917. The point of the triangular plate attached to the lid, used to pivot the lid handle was bent upwards, thus providing a better means to fix the Kochsgeschirr with leather straps Kochgeschirrriemen to the backpack. These straps were 0.7" (1 .8cm) in width and 21.6" (55cm) long.
Original enameled Kochsgeschirr often have the enamel flaking away inside, exposing the contents to enamel particles and rust, and tin-plated ones will have the
tin plate worn off and will be very rusty inside. Therefore, IR63 recommends that members locate the all aluminum M.1910 Kochsgeschirr , or an aluminum post war variant that shares the same dimensions but the bail is stamped steel. These are often far cheaper than original M.1910 Kochsgeschirr . These post-war variants may or may not have the spork rest, please note that IR63 requires the versions with spork rest
for its members.
IR63 recommends painting these black. We do have times at our events where your soup will be heated in your messkit over a real fire and real fire blackens. Also, you may wish to use a BBQ grill paint which will not burn off as easily as other paints.
A post war aluminum Kochsgeschirr