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WW2 War Gas Detection Kit

Posted in Gas Masks with tags , , on March 24, 2018 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomNeat little item from the UK. This personal kit was issued to Army and Airforce troops and was used in conjunction with an air sampling pump. This one has a mix of dates, 1943 and 1944. Luckily for everyone involved the Germans did not use war gases on Western troops. I have another kit along the same lines, although that one is a training kit, here.

From the Imperial War Museum is the following description… “Tin, instructions, carded thread, utility pencil, yellow tube (2 parts) containing 22 plastic rods, blue tube (2 parts) containing 15 plastic rods, yellow tin (2 parts) containing 2 packets of circular paper pads, blue tin (2 parts) containing 4 packets of circular paper pads, glass tube containing granules and stoppered with cotton wool held in cardboard tube and metal ring. Rectangular tin with hinged lid and DETECTOR, VAPOUR, POCKET, MKII inscribed on the top of the lid in black, the tin is painted a dark yellow colour, inside the lid is an inscription entitled MUSTARD GAS VAPOUR, the inside of the tin is separated into four main compartments where the tin’s contents are contained including: instructions attached to tin by a length of string, carded white thread, utility pencil, yellow tube (2 parts) containing 22 yellow plastic rods, blue tube (2 parts) containing 15 clear plastic rods, yellow tin (2 parts) containing 2 packets of circular paper pink pads, blue tin (2 parts) containing 4 packets

War Gas Smelling Kit

Posted in Gas Masks with tags , , , , on September 19, 2017 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomFlag_of_CanadaAfter the experience of WW1 gas use, there was a huge effort in equipping and educating military and civilians on protection from so-called “war gas”. Aside from the near universal provision of gas masks, there were also these gas samplers issued so that during training the trainee could get a first hand experience of what the gases actually smelled like. Interestingly each of the four bottles contained a sample of the actual chemical. Some sources say that the sample was simply a similar harmless chemical that mimicked the smell. But from the training guides it is clear that these did, in fact, contain mustard gas, phosgene, etc. A cautious sniff? Yeah bugger that.

This example was manufactured in Canada for the Department of Munitions & Supply by the Gelatin Products Company of Windsor, Ontario.

British General Civilian Respirator & Storage Tin

Posted in Gas Masks with tags , , on January 17, 2015 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_United_KingdomIn the lead up to WW2 there was a lot of concern in Britain that, in the event of an upcoming general conflict, the Germans would unleash gas weapons on the civilian population as a terror effort.

In the event, this never happened, but this mask here is the 1936 Model made by the Avon Company. The tin is an Eakes Biscuit Company item made as a novelty during this  same period.

German Gas Mask Canister & Contents

Posted in Field Gear, Gas Masks with tags , , , on April 20, 2013 by The Dude

Flag_of_the_NSDAP_(1920–1945).svgThis is a German Army gas mask container complete with mask, filter and anti-gas stick. The filter is marked FCC42 indicating manufacture by Hermann Nier Metallwarenfabrik in Belerfeld. The eye glasses are manufactured by KUG1943, that is Langhek & Company Zellglas-u. Pliaphanfolien Fabriken in Esslingen. The anti-gas paste container is marked 1938.