H050381 M30 GASMASK & CANISTER. (Gasmaske M38 mit Blechbüchse)

BACKGROUND: With the development of poisonous gasses used as offensive weapons in WWI appropriate defensive gasmasks also had to be developed. The German WWI M1915 and M1917 gasmasks evolved into the Reichswehr era M24 gasmask and eventually into the M30 and M38 gasmasks used in WWII. All German Army personnel were issued with a gasmask, carrying canister and accessories and were required to have it readily available at all times. Although the use of chemical warfare agents was considered by the German OKW, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), fear of the Allies retribution forced them to reconsider and shelf the idea. Fear of the potential use of chemical warfare agents made the gasmask and canister a constant companion of the German soldier through-out the war. Of Note: In spite of the fear of the potential use of chemical warfare agents some German personnel opted to utilize their gasmask canisters as a container for extra food or contraband in spite of regulations.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: M30 pattern cloth covered, rubberized canvas gas mask. Mask is complete with all straps. Mask is size marked 2. Included is an unmarked filter. The mask comes housed in a second pattern M30/38 corrugated magnetic sheet metal construction gasmask canister with a vertical brazed side seam. Canister is marked "D" on the bottom indicating waterproof. Canister retains a good portion of its original feldgrau paint. Spare lenses included. Canister is complete with original shoulder straps and is dated for 1943.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $238.00 

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