Original German WWII Named M30 2nd Model Gas Mask with Filter & 1939 Dated Regiment Marked Can

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, with WWII Dates and markings.

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. We looked under the gasket of this mask, and there are definitely markings, but none that we were able to decipher completely. There was not a date that we could see. The mask is in very good condition, still mostly soft, though the rubber seam seals are starting to degrade. German WWII Gas masks came in 3 sizes, however there is no legible size marking on this mask.

The metal alloy eye socket frames and snout on this early 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. This mask looks to have had post war laminated glass lenses installed at some point, with no markings or dates.

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 second model, which is essentially the same as the first model, with an additional cover over the exhaust valve and is maker marked A1B, seen on fittings for Gas masks made throughout the war. The neck strap is marked BEISEMANN / 499, which we assume is the name of the soldier who it was issued to, along with an asset number

The included filter is marked with FE41, along with a nice Waffen inspection stamp, and is maker marked bvd. This indicates manufacture by Waggon- und Maschinenfabrik AG, vorm. Busch, Bautzen. It is also stamped 44 / 2120, which we believe indicates 1944 manufacture. There is some rust around the shoulder of the mask, with a few small holes.

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, though the rag and retainer are gone. The can is in very good original condition, with very nice paint. The spare lens compartment is marked and dated MSM / N 1939, for a maker we have not been able to identify. There is also a Waffenamt Wa.A.400 marking, under a National Eagle, as well as a very nice regimentally marked tag:

Fl. H. Kdtr. 6/XII
Gruppe IV Nr. 12

This same tag is present on the bottom of the case, next to some writing we cannot read.

The lens compartment opens well, and still has the original retaining spring, with a spare lens packet inside. Inside the packet are two 1936 dated lenses with their cardboard supports. Both of the carry straps are present, as is the bottom securing strap, though it is missing the metal hook. The opening strap is fully intact

Overall, a really nice military issue German Early WWII Gas mask set with great markings. Ready to add to your collection and display!

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