Alternative Name(s): Gas Mask, Gas Respirator

World War I French M2 gas mask used by British and French forces from April 1916 to August 1918. The M2 was also issued to American soldiers when the United States entered the war in 1917. The M2 gas mask protected the wearer for up to five hours exposure to phosgene gas. About 29 million M2 masks were made during the War.

Physical Description

Pad type, leather face piece with thick cotton backing, hooks under chin, straps over top of head hold mask in place. Has cellophane eye lenses. Contained in oval shaped tin painted khaki, with rope handle.

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