WWII German Civilian Gas Mask -
The German government distributed gas masks among the general population in an effort to protect them in case
of gas attack.
The example shown here is complete. It has the issue box. The mask and filter. Instructions sheets.
A gas mask is a mask put on over the face to protect the wearer from inhaling "airborne pollutants" and toxic
gases. The mask forms a sealed cover over the nose and mouth, but may also cover the eyes and other vulnerable
soft tissues of the face. Some gas masks are also respirators, though the word gas mask is often used to refer
to military equipment (The user of the gas mask is not protected from gas that the skin can absorb).
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German collectibles. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points
that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German collectible worth?". A price
guide is included here to address this question. The value of the collectibles is reviewed
over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German
items in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The issue cardboad box is of gray color. It has a series of impressions applied to the front. The
information reads as follows: VFM. RL1-38/6. Vertrielo Gemab & 8. Luftschutzgesetz genehmigt. some of
the information is enclosed in a rectangular shape.
The front of the instructions sheet shows a drawing of the mask with the filter on. The following words are
written "DM 37. Die Deutsche Volksgasmaske".
The instructions include several drawings of a woman handling the mask and is accompanied with text that
explains how to use the mask.