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WWII  BOX SERVICE RESPIRATOR OR GAS MASK, 1938

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WWII BOX SERVICE RESPIRATOR OR GAS MASK, 1938

Box Respirator (Gas mask) supplied to the British Infantry as standard, also used by the Civil Defence and fire personal during the Blitz.

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  • The military cannister contains Blue Asbestos (Crocidolite) - civilian masks contained white asbestos (Chrysotile).

    There was significant excess of mesothelioma (the cancer from asbestos)in the girls who made the military masks at Leyland and Nottingham (Boots).

    www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1009064/pdf/brjindmed00060-0032.pdf
    .......... Geoff Helliwell, Isle of Man, 24th of October 2011

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