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‘Trench Art’ decorated canteen, 1945

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A beautifully hand-engraved and hand-painted ‘Trench Art’ canteen made by Wolfram Hubertus, a German prisoner-of-war and given to his American guard, Lenny Walker, a member of the 17th Airborne Parachute Division in late 1945. The flask was made from a piece of aluminium from a crashed war plane, and is profusely decorated with a red parachute, green flowering plants and an engraved vignette of Saltzburg Castle in grey and black to the reverse.

Bearing the engraving ‘17th Airborne Parachute – Div’ and ‘Walker, Lenny’, the recipient of the gift, and ‘SS – Camp Hallein – Austria 1945’, as well as the dedication ‘Made by Wolfram Hubertus – POW Camp Hallein – Nov 30, 1945’. Stamped MN 37, to the neck. Austrian, 1945.

Height: 8 inches (20 cm).

The flask was acquired from the grandson of Lenny Walker, who served in the 17th Airborne Parachute Division during WWII in Germany, Austria, France, Belgium and Italy. He was captured in Austria and imprisoned by the German Army in Camp Hallein, which was a subcamp
of Dachau.

When he was liberated by Allied soldiers, he remained as a guard at Camp Hellein until late 1946.

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