H088277 SPARE GASMASK LENSE CONTAINER. (Gasmaske Klarscheiben)

BACKGROUND: With the development of poisonous gasses used as offensive weapons in WWI appropriate defensive gasmasks and accessories 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. Although the use of chemical warfare agents was considered by the German OKW, (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. Both the WWII M30 and the M38 gasmasks were issued in a cylindrical, corrugated, sheet metal canister that came equipped with two pair of spare gasmask lenses. Regulations of 1942 increased the issue of the spare gasmask lenses to four pair.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A two piece, magnetic alloy container with a friction top lid that measures approximately 18cm x 13cm that has stencilled to the lid "10 Klarscheiben für Gasschutzhauben". To the reverse is a manufacture mark "kSa" for Karl A. Seifert, Heidenau, Dresden. The container shows typical usage and wear with some surface scratching.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $89.00

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