I saw this Canadian ammo can on JoeSalter.ca. I’ve never seen anything like it. It doesn’t look like either British or American cans from the Post WW2 period (1945-1950). I’d like to know if it was a late-war or postwar design.
Each can holds 20 x 64-round ammo cartons (1280 rounds). It was made by Defense Industries and packed in
November 19, 1948 [19/11/48B] November 19, 1943 - Lot B [19/11/43B]. The British-style Contract Number on the lower edge of the label is H.2050.DI . I think the light blue cross either indicates that it’s Ball ammo, pistol ammo, or maybe both (there’s a wooden Danish surplus ammo crate with a similar blue cross on it).
I’d also like to know how it was packed. Was it a replacement for the British plywood-and-tin H.51 ammo satchels for use with the metal H.50 ammo chest? Was it packed in plywood crates like the American M1 and M19 ammo cans?