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Image of WWII GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR)  WITH MICROPHONE, 1938

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WWII GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR) WITH MICROPHONE, 1938

Standard Gas Mask of WW2 shown with microphone A0793,

During air raids a mask can cause obvious communication problems, this one has a carbon microphone to solve that problem. One use could be a Telephone Operator.

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Image of WW1 GERMAN GAS MASK, 1915

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WW1 GERMAN GAS MASK, 1915

Non-rubberised early Gas Mask used by the Germans during WW1. The base of the fabric hood tucked into the collar.
It was used to protect against British gas attacks.

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A0816

Image of WWII SERVICE BOX RESPIRATOR OR GAS MASK No 4 Mk 2

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WWII SERVICE BOX RESPIRATOR OR GAS MASK No 4 Mk 2

Box Respirator worn with but not part of the Pattern 37 web set during WW2.
The 37 web set was superseded by the 1958 pattern after the war.
Gas attacks had been common in WW1, so during WW2 all precautions were taken against them. However no gas attacks came, it appears that no side would undertake such an event realising that the other would do also.

For a view of the respirator in its bag with the Web-set see A0984

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A0438

Image of 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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A0419

Image of WWII ADULTS CIVILIAN GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR), 1937

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WWII ADULTS CIVILIAN GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR), 1937

Gas Mask issued to all personnel during and before WW2. Complete with 'Rexine' vanity cover for the box.
This item was donated by Mrs Evans and it has her name written inside the cover.

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A0421

Image of WWII DUTY GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR), 1939

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WWII DUTY GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR), 1939

Another example of a British Gas Mask

Donated by Ronald Cass

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A1025

Image of WWII BABY'S GAS HELMET, 1939

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WWII BABY'S GAS HELMET, 1939

Baby's gas protection, the baby was placed inside the chamber and a flap was folded round between the baby's legs, once inside it was essential to pump fresh air inside the chamber to help the baby breathe.
Stories have been heard of mothers leaving their babies for too long without pumping, this then led to fatal consequences.

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A0423

Image of WWII  MICKEY MOUSE GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR)

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WWII MICKEY MOUSE GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR)

Child's Gas Mask given to the public as a loan by the Government during WWII.

Made to resemble the cartoon character 'Mickey Mouse' and coloured red and blue to try and entice children into wearing them.

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A0422

Image of WWII CHILDS GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR) IN YELLOW TIN

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WWII CHILDS GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR) IN YELLOW TIN

Child's Respirator and tin from the John Ambrose Collection used by John during World War Two.

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A0836

Image of WWII ADULT CIVILIAN GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR) WITH CANVAS BAG AND BOX, 1941

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WWII ADULT CIVILIAN GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR) WITH CANVAS BAG AND BOX, 1941

Gas Masks issued to William Ambrose during World War 2. (Infantry bag)
The cover is marked W.J.J. Ambrose. Also seen is an Ambrose family mask in a plain cardboard box.

John Ambrose Collection

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A0838

Image of WWII GERMAN GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR) AND TIN, 1944

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WWII GERMAN GAS MASK (RESPIRATOR) AND TIN, 1944

Standard issue gas mask for the German infantry during WW2 with corrugated cannister for mounting on leather equipment belts.

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