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WWII German Luftschuts Gas Mask -
The Luftschutz was the German civil defense. Their job was to take civilians to safety when allied aircraft conducted bombing raids on the cities. Help clean the streets from debri after bombing raids. Help fight fires. etc. This force was one of the last lines of defense as the Third Reich collapsed udner the weight of the allied invasion.

The item featured here is a Luftschutz gas mask. 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 gas mask metal carrier is the same type as used by the military forces. it has a round metal lid hinges to one end. A clamp with a pull-tab englage the clamp to a stud on the side of the body, securing the lid shut. Brackets placed alongside serve as anchors for teh shoulder strap used by the person to carry the gas mask.

Lense cleaning cloths are housed in a square metal container that is secured to the inside of the lid. The cleaning pads are individually wrapped in a clear bag.

The filter for this mask was screwed to the lower section of the mask. It was painted green and was marked with a series of stamps done in black paint. The lower section of the filter has a paper strip glued to it. This contains a series of instructions and identifying markings. Part of it reads "S-Filtereinsatz fur den zivilien Luftschutz".

Many German items are currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of the items. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of a german military collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other collectibles of the Third Reich, you can do so by going to our WWII German Collectibles identification guide. Where we cover Heer (Army), Navy (Kriegsmarine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), political, civil service, homefront and many more areas.


The value for WWII German military antiques and collectibles is provided as a means to educate the collector community and individuals who have a general interest on the field. The following is an estimated value. Prices may vary in every state and every country. This service is provided courtesy of MilitaryItems.com. The source for military antiques and collectibles in the web.
Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Value $90.00 $90.00 $100.00 $110.00 $110.00 $120.00 $130.00 $135.00 $140.00 $140.00 $145.00 $150.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium Medium
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Mar 2nd, 2017
Germans items that were used at the homefront during WWII have become collectibles. The item featured here is not hard to find. In general the appreciation has been moderate. Recently the value has began to come up some. It is expected that this trend will continue.

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