WWII US Army Gas Mask -
This is a US Army field gear gas mask with the carrying bag. As issued during World War two. This is the standard gas mask
issued to soldiers in the field.
The gas mask is of rubber construction. Gray color. Two separate plastic lenses are provided, one per eye. The bag is
made of OD canvis. Three snaps secured the lid closed. A shoulder strap was provided for ease of carry. The top of the
lid is stamped US with black ink. Additional markings can be found along the side of the main body.
The main body of the gas mask carrynig bag reads as follows:
Field Body Small
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points that should be noted.
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The top of the gas mask has the following markings embossed: US SS. A circular device is placed near the mouth
area. It has a membrane that allows single directional flow.
A small metal, cylindrical container was also included with the mask. It contained a rag designed to clean the
lenses and keep them from fogging up.
The American gas mask filter
during WWII was too big to be attached directly to the mask. A ribbed rubber hose was deviced as a means
to attach the filter to the mask. The gas mask bag had a special canvis ring to hold the filter in place.
One drawback with the design of this mask was that it required the use of two separate pieces to operate.
The soldier had to carry the gas mask bag at all times because the filter resided there. In addition, having a
log rubber hose attached while runing or moving fast presented a problem.
The German WWII Gas mask
had a design and carrying case that were vastly different than the American model.
This WWII US military collectible may be currently
It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because
the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with
the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this item.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of