This was issued to every two mountain troops. The set comprised of three aluminum pieces: the two pans fitted one inside the other, and the cover/pan with folding handles. The M-1942 stove, was designed to fit inside the cookset.
Sometimes refered to as a ranger cook kit. It was developed during World War II for use by mountain troops and patrol units which would be away from formal mess facilities for an extended period of time. The M1942 Cook Set was issued with a single burner stove at a rate on one per fire team(about 3-4 men). The kit consists of two aluminum pots, one of which nests inside the other and a stainless steel lid which doubles as a frying pan. Both pots have wire bails and a usable capacity of about 2 1/2 quarts. As issued, the cookset weighs about 21 ounces, is 8 inches in diameter and 4 1/2 inches tall.
It is large enough that I can fit a couple of extra bowls, measuring cup, pot lifter and set of measuring spoons inside. I also generally bring a frying pan and teakettle.
Comes with two aluminum cook pots (7½ in. dia. x 4 in. H)