Original German WWII Named M30 3rd Model Gas Mask with Filter and Can - All Dated 1940

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition model M30 G-Maske or Gasschutzmaske (Gas protection mask), complete with an original Filter and Carrying can, all dated 1940. It even still has the original spare lenses, and is probably the best example of this rare type of mask that we have ever had. It also is marked in paint on the lid Ogefr. / Cieski / L.61039., which would stand for Obergefreiter Cieski, a rank equivalent to a Private First Class. There is a fabric label sewn onto the mask with this same information written in purple ink.

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 is maker marked AUER G 548 under the top suede, and with date 1940 under the right hand side. Under the left side there is a Waffenamt inspection mark, and there are other numerical markings on the inside.

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 on this later issue version are of the cheaper grey Ferrous metal, and 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 great shape, and are both dated 1940.

The snout, also made from 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 H in a circle as well as with date 40. The included model FE37 filter can has all original ink stamps present, with a Waffen Eagle stamp, and 1940 date.

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, and is in great original condition, with no repainting. The spare lens compartment is marker marked MSM / N (unknown) and dated 1940. The spare lenses in the compartment are dated, and still in their original paper wrappers. The carry straps are solid with some wear and fraying at the ends.

Overall, a really nice military issue German WWII Gas mask in excellent condition, complete with all the correct accessories, named to a WWII Soldier.  A great research opportunity, ready to add to your collection and display!

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