Three piece, stamped magnetic sheet metal construction stove consists of two separate, fold back, hinged, top panels and a single piece bottom panel. The two top panels are secured to the bottom panel by two, small, hollow headed rivets positioned on both sides near each end. The top panels fold back creating "legs" and vertical wind break panels and the solid fuel tablets would be place on the center of the bottom panel and lit. The top panels each have embossed script which includes, "Esbit Kocher", (Esbit-Cooker), "Hier Aufklappen!, (Open Here!), "Mod.9", (Model # 9), and "Ges. gesch.", indicating, Gesetzlich Geschützt, (Protected by Law). The top panels also have two embossed diagrams of the stove in use. The interior bottom panel also has embossed script that includes, "Tablettenauflage", (Tablet Edition), and, "Hersteller: Erich Schumm Esbit Brennstoff Fabrik Stuttgart-W", (Manufacturer: Erich Schumm Esbit Inflammable Material Factory Stuttgart-W). Of Note: The Erich Schumm firm moved from Stuttgart to Murrhardt in 1943, indicating this stove was manufactured before the move. Nice clean example.
A cardboard fuel tablet package with bright red white and blue printed script and illustrations. The script includes the stylized manufacturers name, "Esbit", and, "Trocken-Brennstoff zum Kochen und Wärmen Nicht Gesundheitsschädlich", (Dry inflammable material for cooking and heating Not injurious to health). The package has additional script which includes operating instructions and extols the virtues of the stove and tablets. The printed images show the stove in use in a variety of different situations and locations and also advertises two other models of stoves offered for sale. The package is full. Nice personal field accessory. Mint condition.
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Although most food in the field was prepared by a units mobile field kitchen and distributed to the front line troops each soldier was issued with a standard, small, portable, dry fuel tablet stove along with other provision for eating in the field that included the field cutlery set, a mess kit, canteen, breadbag, and fat container. The dry fuel tablet stove was issued with dry hexamethylene tetramine fuel tablets that could be carried in the stove when in the closed position. The dry fuel tablet stove was generally carried in the breadbag along with other assorted personal items. The dry fuel tablet stove came in a variety of models with the most common being the "Esbit" brand. The dry fuel tablet stove did not generally provide sufficient heat to actually cook food but was well suited for heating up soups or beverages. Following the old adage that, an army runs on its stomach, the dry fuel tablet stove must be considered one of the most important of all personal equipment items.