Why is it called a jerry can?
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If I am not wrong then you are talking about the Jerrycan which plays an important role in ensuring fuel supply to allied operations.
The jerrycan’s name alludes to its German origins, with Jerry being slang for Germans. The concept was reverse engineered and then replicated, with slight alterations, by the Allies during WWII.
A regular US 2.5 ton truck could transport 875 US gallons (3,310 l) of petrol in jerrycans.
The American design was somewhat lighter than the German design. These gasoline canisters were afterwards deployed in all conflict theaters throughout the world.
The cans were so valued in the war effort that President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated, “Without these cans, it would have been difficult for our soldiers to cut their way across France at a rapid pace that equaled the German Blitzkrieg of 1940.”
As the German version of it is very famous among people that’s why it is called a jerrycan.