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WW2 Gas Mask. 1941-44. Danish issue. British?

Article about: Hey Guys, Got this gas mask the other week. No idea about make or model. Seen lots of pictures of them, but I don't know anything about them. Quite a mix of stamps. Z 23/8/44 IIA U.R.P 11/43

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    Default WW2 Gas Mask. 1941-44. Danish issue. British?

    Hey Guys,

    Got this gas mask the other week.
    No idea about make or model.
    Seen lots of pictures of them, but I don't know anything about them.
    Quite a mix of stamps.

    Z 23/8/44
    IIA
    U.R.P 11/43
    L 35 (YELLOW)
    CF (RED) - DANISH
    A FEW ARROWS
    NORMAL
    No L2, B, 4/44
    1941 W.B.G LTD III - around the eye

    Was this a WW2 left over passed onto the Danish Army?
    Or WW2 issue?
    If so, I have a M48 to go with it. (U-SCH 65)
    It also came with a new looking filter, bar-coded.
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    Hey guys,

    Any info?

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    Looks to be to be a British Light Service Respirator II here's my Aussie one for comparison
    Regards
    René

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    Thanks mate.
    All I need now is the bag.....
    I can hear my wife tapping her foot already, ha ha.
    I've gone a bit over board with my purchases lately.
    Got a few goodies on their way...

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    No worries The bags aren't too difficult to find and are not expensive
    Regards
    René

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    This is indeed a British lightweight service respirator used postwar by the Danish Army. Yours is fitted with a postwar type filter, which has been marked with a red band to show it is for training only. Heres one with correct filter and bag.
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    Thanks.
    I was wondering what the red meant.

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    Quote by douglas2496 View Post
    This is indeed a British lightweight service respirator used postwar by the Danish Army. Yours is fitted with a postwar type filter, which has been marked with a red band to show it is for training only. Heres one with correct filter and bag.
    Almost correct

    The Lightweight respirator, although extensively used by the CF = Civilforsvaret, were never really popular with the Danish army, and Denmark quickly continued to develop on the pre war M/38 gas mask (not the German one, their own), and pressed older M/38 and German M/38 gas mask into use in the first few years before sufficient numbers of the M/49 gas mask could be issued in numbers. It is not uncommon to see photos of conscripts without any gas mask.


    Monty saying "hello" to members of the Danish Royal Guard, Sandholm Barracks, April 1951.
    Notice the gas mask canister. Yes, it is German!
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    And another from 1955!
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    And members of the Danish Women's Auxiliary Service, training with the even older Danish M/31 gas mask!
    Photo is from 1948:
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    The Lightweight Respirator "bag" did however see extensive use in the Danish army, in quite a different configuration.
    But it was meant to carry the M/49 gas mask, and not the British style masks.
    Two carry straps and two buckles were added to the back of the bag, and it was then carried vertically and not horizontal on the belt, or suspended from the right or left brace ends!

    As such:
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    But a lovely mask, with a long service life!
    Πόλεμος πάντων μεν πατήρ εστί, πάντων δε βασιλεύς.

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    Cheers mate.
    Great info.

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