Original German WWII M30 3rd Model Size 2 Gas Mask with Filter, Can, & Accessories - WWII Dated
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition model M3) G-Maske or Gasschutzmaske (Gas protection mask), complete with an original Filter and Carrying can, all with WWII Dates and markings. Also included are wonderful rarely seen accessories: a cleaning cloth, and internal retaining spring.
The model M30 was first issued to troops in 1930, and the mask was produced from rubberized canvas with a soft suede leather frame which fitted around the wearers face. The elasticized straps fit over the head and were tightened by means of sliding the web straps through metal buckles until the mask was as tight as the user could stand it - ensuring a good air tight seal. Another strap would be placed around the user's neck and if the mask was not in use it would rest on the chest should they need it in a hurry.
Markings on these gas masks were usually stamped under the suede frame, which makes them somewhat hard to see. This example has all markings stamped in black on the black rubberized interior, so they much harder to see than usual. This mask has a maker mark under the top gasket, but it is faded and cannot be read. Under the bottom right side gasket it is dated 6 1944, for manufacture in June 1944. The mask is in very good condition, and is still supple, with minimal rubber degradtion.
German WWII Gas masks came in 3 sizes, this example is a size 2 (Medium), which was usually indicated by a number printed on the front of the mask between the eye pieces. The large size masks were designated with "1" and the small size is "3", which is a bit counter intuitive.
The metal alloy eye socket frames and snout on this later issue m30 are painted blue, and are the later magnetic type (confirmed with a magnet). Circa 1943, due to material shortages, gas masks were made with steel fittings, and had blue painted fittings to indicate that they were "magnetical". The eye frames house the Celluloid eye pieces, which could easy be replaced should they become damaged in any way. Replacement lenses were carried in the top of the gas mask carrying tin. The installed lenses are in good shape, and one is dated 43, while the other is dated 1944.
The snout, also made from magnetic metal had a screw thread, into which the filter was inserted, and beneath that the discharge valve could also be found. The M30 went through three different types of snouts, the last of which was introduced in 1938, and was identical to the snout on the M-38 Rubber gas mask. This example is a third model, and is marked bmw in an oval as well as with date 44. The included filter is embossed with FE41, along with a date of 1942 and a nice Waffen inspection stamp. There also is maker code crt, which we have not been able to identify.
The included carry case is a Long Model 1938 Wehrmacht type, which was introduced to house the stiffer M38 gas masks. It still has the original original metal inner sleeve, as well as both the Reinigungslappen (Cleaning Rag) and Lappenhalter (Rag Holder) spring, something we rarely see! The can is in good original condition, with very nice paint. The spare lens compartment marked avp 1943, a maker mark we have unfortunately not been able to identify. The compartment opens well, and still has the original retaining spring, however this example does not have any spare lenses present. Both of the carry straps are present, though a bit worn and frayed, and the original opening pull strap is still intact.
Overall, a really nice military issue German WWII Gas mask set, all nicely marked and dated. Ready to add to your collection and display!
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