BACKGROUND: With the development of poisonous gasses used as offensive weapons in WWI appropriate defensive gasmasks also had to be developed. In addition anti-gas capes and hoods, made from green colored oilskin fabric, were developed and adopted for use in 1938. A new camouflage pattern, which had the same green colored base with the addition of brown colored areas, was introduced in 1940 and both were used though out the war. With the introduction of the Number 2 anti-gas ointment, the anti-gas hood was made redundant in 1942 and returned stocks were reissued for use as rain hoods.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A six-piece, thin, oilskin fabric hood, with a green and brown camouflage pattern printed to it. The four-piece head section has a head band with tunnel loop sewn around the face, whose adjusting cord exits from the tunnel loop through brass grommets at the sides of the chin. The one-piece neck portion of the hood is sewn around the sides and back of the base of the head piece. To the rear are two more grommets about an inch apart though which passes another adjustment cord. The lower part of the neck piece extends forward on one side that when overlapped creates a hole for the face while protecting the entire neck area. Stamped to the interior in white is a "C-broad arrow" with "141" below and the manufacturers name "Kaufman Rubber Col Limited" and "1943." The hood sticks together where folded.

GRADE *** 1/4                             PRICE $60.00

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