H016276 GASMASK CANISTER BELT SUPPORT HOOK STRAP. (Gasmaske Blechbüchse Stützenriemen)

BACKGROUND: With the development of poisonous gasses used as offensive weapons in WWI appropriate defensive gasmasks also had to be developed. The German WWI M1915 and M1917 gasmasks evolved into the Reichswehr era M24 gasmask and eventually into the M30 and M38 gasmasks used in WWII. All German Army personnel were issued with a gasmask, carrying canister and accessories and were required to have it readily available at all times. Both the WWII M30 and the M38 gasmasks canisters came equipped with a shoulder carrying strap and a small, belt support strap. Although the use of chemical warfare agents was considered by the German OKW, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), fear of the Allies retribution forced them to reconsider and shelf the idea. Fear of the potential use of chemical warfare agents made the gasmask and canister a constant companion of the German soldier through-out the war.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The woven olive drab canvas web construction gasmask canister belt support strap. Complete with stud and belt hook. Good opportunity to complete that strapless gasmask canister.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $49.00

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