Original German WWII M38 2nd Model Gas Mask in Size 2 with Filter and Can - dated 1943
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition model M38 G-Maske or Gasschutzmaske (Gas protection mask), complete with an original Filter and Carrying can, all with WWII Dates and markings.
The model M38 was first issued to troops in 1938, replacing the earlier M30, made of rubberized canvas and rubber. The 38 body is made completely of rubber, ensuring a great seal, and less issues with degradation in service. The spring-loaded 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 masks were put into the mold for the rubber body, with this example marked flr between the eyepieces, for Dräger-Gesellschaft mbH in Vienna, Austria. It is also marked btc under the right eyepiece, and B / 43 / I. A. aqb by the nozzle, though we have not been able to completely decipher these markings, which are probably mold numbers and dates. There is also a red paint stamp under the gasket at the bottom, which reads 15 AUG 194?, most likely the inspection date.
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 2nd Model M38 are painted blue, indicating that they are magnetic. This mask also has the later style "rounded" attachment rings on the edge of the mask.
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. This example is marked bmw in an oval as well as with date 44. The included model FE37 filter can has all original ink stamps present, with a Waffen Eagle stamp, and 1937 date. It also is marked Üb in paint, which probably stands for for Übung, which is Training.
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 mkq (unknown) in a triangle and dated 1944. Unfortunately no spare lenses were included, and the long strap on the can is only partly present, the rest having torn off.
Overall, a really nice military issue German WWII Gas mask in excellent condition, complete with the original filter and carry case. Ready to add to your collection and display!
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