This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII

This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII

Jacob Miller - November 16, 2017

Gas mask usage dates back to ancient Greece. They used sponges. Since then, various techniques and technologies have been used as inhalation filtration systems.

The first use of poison gas on the Western Front was by the Germans at Ypres on April 22, 1915. The initial response was to give the troops cotton mouth pads to protect their breathing. The primitive masks went through several stages of development before being superseded by the canister gas mask in 1916. The mask is connected to the tin which contains absorbent materials.

By 1944 the US Army Chemical Warfare Service developed a mask made of plastic and rubber which greatly reduced the weight and size of the masks.

Most civilians learned how to use gas masks through the civil defense department, but children received most gas mask education in school drills. Schools enforced the compulsory carrying of gas masks at all times.

This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A British couple wearing gas masks in their home in 1941. Wikipedia
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A mother cradles her newborn baby in bed, shortly after giving birth in 1941. The mother is wearing her civilian respirator, while the baby is encased in a baby gas helmet, which buckles up around the baby’s bottom. The mother is demonstrating how the bellows on her baby’s gas mask are pumped to supply the baby with air. Pinterest
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A warden gives directions to a mother and her two children during a World War II gas drill in Southend on Marcy 29, 1941. Eric Harlow Keystone Getty Images
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A young music hall dancer wears a gas mask and helmet in February 1940. Keystone-France. Gamma-Keystone. Getty Images.
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Children in London wear their gas masks as they skip in the park at their temporary homes on the south coast of England, circa 1940. General Photographic Agency. Getty Images.
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A baker delivering fresh baked goods wearing a gas mask. Keystone Press Agency INC. NY. Courtesy- Daniel Blau Munich London
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A couple posing for a wedding photo in their gas masks. Pinterest
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A crowd preparing to cross a busy street wearing gas masks. Keystone Press Agency INC. NY. Courtesy- Daniel Blau Munich London
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A family leans out the window of their flat wearing their gas masks. Pinterest
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A family use respirators at the Empire Pool, Wembley, London on August 21, 1938. Fox Photos. Getty Images
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A family wearing their gas masks to the shops during a gas drill in Richmond, Surrey, May 31, 1941. The drill involved a canister of tear gas to simulate a gas attack. Keystone. Hulton Archive. Getty Images
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A gas exercise for civilians, using tear gas, was held in Kingston-On-Thames in 1941. Keystone. Getty Images
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A horse getting accustomed to wearing a gas mask. Pinterest
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
British artist Albert Perry at work with some of his pupils during their daily one-hour gas mask practice, August 19, 1941. Fox Photos. Getty Images
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Children playing in the school grounds in their gas masks. June 27, 1941. Keystone Press Agency
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Schoolboys walking through a cloud of tear gas as part of a routine gas drill, March 3, 1941. Keystone Press Agency INC. NY. Courtesy- Daniel Blau Munich. London
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Young children wearing their gas masks at school. Pinterest
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
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This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Underground air-raid shelters offered unprecedented opportunities for sexual liaisons. Daily Mail
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Nurses holding infants in gas masks. historylearningsite

This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A German woman in a gas mask with a stroller walking through the empty streets. Cracked
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Nursery school children at play wearing their gas masks. This photo seems to suggest that wearing gas masks could be fun. The masks were not very nice to wear though. BBC
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Parisians walk their gas mask-equipped dogs, 1939. Getty Images
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A patriotic group of children from Leningrad ready to defend their homeland. Cracked
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A child wearing a Mickey Mouse inspired gas mask in attempts to normalize the state of war. gizmodo
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Designed to fit kids 18 months to four years old, the mask was supposed to be worn as a sort of game, to take away some of the fear out of a chemical attack. gizmodo
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Mothers outfitting their children with “baby helmets”. rarehistoricalphotos
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A horde of children wearing gas masks carries out a practice evacuation of a school in Kingston, Greater London after a canister of tear gas was discharged. 1941. allthatisinteresting
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
London schoolchildren try on their gas masks. 1941. allthatisinteresting
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Although Ramshaw the eagle is hooded, this little evacuee decided to take no chances and made use of her gas mask to take a closer look at the eagle. England. 1941. allthatisinteresting
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
A woman fits a child with a gas mask at school. England. Circa 1940. allthatisinteresting
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Bookkeepers prepare for a gas attack in Odessa, Russia, 1935. STANLEY B. BURNS, MD & THE BURNS ARCHIVE
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
“Everybody Can Be Fitted With Gas Masks in London Town!” 1935. atlasobscura
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Gas mask training for switchboard operators, London, 1938. atlasobscura
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Police wear gas masks in defense drills, Paris, 1935. atlasobscura
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Gas masks in an operating room at Botkin Hospital, Moscow, 1936. atlasobscura
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Issuing gas masks at the Munster Road School in Fulham, London, 1938. atlasobscura
This Collection of Photos Show Disturbing Daily Life in Gas Masks During WWII
Descending to safety in a London air raid tunnel, 1938. atlasobscura

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