Original German WWII M30 3rd Model Size 3 Gas Mask with Filter, Named Can & Accessories - WWII Dated

Item Description

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. It is even marked on the lid of the can to Stabs Arzt / Dr. Best, a Medical Officer rank Equivalent to a Hauptmann (Captain).  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 mask has a maker mark of a D in a Triangle, which we have not been able to identify. Under the bottom right side gasket it is dated 8 1939, for manufacture in August 1939. The mask is in very good condition, however the rubberized coating on the inside has started to degrade and flake off in places.

German WWII Gas masks came in 3 sizes, this example is a size 3 (Small), 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 green, and are the correct early issue non-magnetic type (confirmed with a magnet). Circa 1943, due to material shortages, many 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, bearing identical maker marks and the date 1939.

The snout, also made from non-magnetic metal, has 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 maker marked and dated 39.  The included filter is marked with FE41, along with a date of JUNI 1944 on the side and a nice Waffen inspection stamp. There also is maker code clf, for J. Roeckle of Munich.

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 gbv 1943, for Ewald Witte u. Co. of Velbert. The compartment opens well, and still has the original retaining spring, with three spare lens packets inside. One packet only contains one spare lens, but the other are unopened and still have both lenses. 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, dated, and named to a Medical Officer. Ready to add to your collection and display!

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