Original U.S. WWI Named M1917 SBR Gas Mask with Carry Bag and Instruction Manual
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of an M1917 SBR Gas Mask in size 4 wide complete with mask, filter, carry satchel, and is complete with the original instruction manual. The mask is in good mostly supple condition which is rare as normally these are hard as a rock. One lens has darkened. The carry bag is named C.A. MARTIN. Genuine examples in this overall very good condition are very hard to find.
Of the 5,250,000 gas masks of all types produced by the U.S. during the war, 1.6 million of them were the improved version of the British SBR. This mask was officially known as the U.S. Corrected English Small Box Respirator or the U.S. Corrected English Model (CEM). Produced in six sizes (1 through 6) from January to March 1918, the CEM was one of the two most commonly worn American made gas masks used by the AEF.
Despite complaints from France regarding the British SBRs uncomfortable mouthpiece and its despised hated nose-clip, American gas experts determined that this type of respirator provided the best protection. Ever since the failure of the ASBR, American gasmask designers toiled to modify, improve, and ultimately make the American version of the SBR more comfortable, more reliable and stronger than the English mask that it mirrored. After numerous revisions, by October of 1917, the design had been perfected. Upon passing a comprehensive battery of field tests, the CEM respirator went into full scale production in January of 1918. It would be the very first U.S. made gasmask to see service in the gas soaked trenches of the Western Front.
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