Mask, gas; [?]; 1914-1918; CT08.4819a


Mask, gas

About this object

Gas mask; a World War One, self-contained box respirator. This consists of a single-piece, close-fitting rubberized mask with eye-pieces and mouthpiece connected via a hose to a box filter. The box filter contained granules of chemicals that neutralised the gas, delivering clean air to the wearer.
The box respirator was the prized possession of the ordinary infantryman; when the British were forced to retreat during the German Spring Offensive of 1918, it was found that while some troops had discarded their rifles, hardly any had left behind their respirators.



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Medium and Materials

processed material, metal; processed material, textile, organic, vegetal, plant extract, latex, rubber.


l 675mm

Subject and Association Keywords

military science, war

Credit Line

From the collection of Owaka Museum Wahi Kahuika The Meeting Place "a rest on your journey"

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Barry O'Sullivan 12 Aug 2012 09:47 AM,UTC

This pattern of gas mask comprises of a MkIV face mask (introduced 1929) and a 4A filter (introduced 1940.