WWII German Gas Mask Produced for Spanish Army Artillery -
The Spanish Civil War a major conflict fought in Spain from 17 July 1936 to 1 April 1939. An estimated total of
500,000 people lost their lives as a consequence of the War. Hitler's Germany assisted the rebels in deposing
the present government. one of the things the Germans did is provide the Spanish army with gas masks.
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).
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detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points
that should be noted.
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The design of the mask is very similar to that used by the German army. The mask is made of rubber with two
glass eye openings. Elastic straps secure the mask to the soldiers face. The filter is screwed to the
lower section. A metal carrying case is issued.
The inside of the mask is stamped with the following: Artilleria inspeccion del estado. This is an inspection
stamp to ensure quality.
The inside of the lid of the carrying canister has a tablet which houses the lense cleaning pads. They are
not present in this example.