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A jerrycan also written as jerry can or jerrican is a robust liquid container made from pressed steel. It was designed in Germany in the s for military use to hold 20 litres 4. The development of the jerrycan was a significant improvement on earlier designs, which required tools and funnels to use, and it contained many innovative features for convenience of use and robustness. After widespread use by both Germany and the Allies during the Second World War, today similar designs are used worldwide for fuel and water containers, some of which are also produced in plastic. The designs usually emulate the original steel design and are still known as jerrycans. The original design of jerrycan and various derivatives remain in widespread military use. The cans were originally intended to be used as fuel containers , but uses for the cans have expanded beyond this.