Today we find out if an old British World War Two gas mask dated 1944 will still work if a modern filter is put on it.
The mask featured is the British Light anti-gas respirator which entered service in 1943, this particular mask is dated 1944.
An important note is that nearly all old gas masks contain asbestos as a filter medium, this make uses removable filters so I am using a much newer filter than the mask to test it. If you do not know that a mask is safe, you should never breathe through it.
The Light anti-gas mask was designed to be lighter and more comfortable to use than the earlier General Service Respirator, which although had a similar face piece, used a heavier filter unit that was carried in a haversack and attached to the mask via a hose at the front.
This mask was initially only made for right handed shooters with the filter mounted onto the left cheek of the mask, later models would have smaller production runs made for left handed shooters, but prior to this left handed shooters would have to use the MK4 or MK5 GSR.
This individual mask has an interesting history to it, made in January of 1944, it was in Service with the British army for around 20 years, at that point it was sold as surplus to the Danish armed forces, who used it for an undisclosed amount of time before they sold them as surplus before switching the mask to the Canadian C3, an upgraded version of the same design.
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