Gas Mask – heavy duty

Category:  Civil Defence

Gas Mask - heavy duty

Before the outbreak of war, ‘key personnel’ were issued with this heavy-duty civilian gas mask. It was altogether more durable than the standard version. Unfortunately it was also cumbersome and unsuitable for wearing in confined spaces. The full military respirator, which was otherwise similar, overcame this shortcoming by moving the filter to a separate pack worn on the chest.

Exhibit data

Date:

1939

Approx. size:

16 x 19 x 22 cm
(6¼ x 7½ x 8¾ in)

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The length of the gas mask can clearly be seen from above. It would not have been comfortable to wear for long periods of time.