Gas masks during the war

gas-mask-ww2What is a gas mask?
A gas mask is a mask which is placed over the face to stop the user from breathing in dangerous gasses which may harm them.

Why were they used during WW II?
During World War I (1914-1918) many soldiers had been badly injured, or killed, when their enemies threw bombs at them which released poisonous fumes when they exploded. During World War II Britain was very worried that these gas bombs would be dropped on the country during air raids and injure innocent civilians. So the authorities supplied everyone with gas masks so that they would be protected if this happened.

Did everyone have them?
Yes, everyone in Britain was supplied with a gas mask, from babies and children to teenagers and adults. During World War I they even made gas masks for dogs and horses as these animals were very important on the battlefield (dogs were often used to carry messages from one trench to another whilst horses were an excellent form of transport).

How did they work?
The gas masks had a filter near the mouth which when you breathed in stopped the bad gas from coming inside. The masks covered your whole face so delicate parts (like your eyes) were also protected.

Did everyone have the same type of gas mask?
No, different masks were given to different age groups. Babies had a large mask which covered their whole bodies whilst children had brightly coloured ones known as “Mickey Mouse” masks because they looked like the famous Disney character! Teenagers and adults were given the most boring masks which were simply coloured black.

Did they work?
Luckily enough the gas masks were not put to the test as gas bombs were never dropped on Britain during World War II.

What is a gas mask?
A gas mask is a mask which is placed over the face to stop the user from breathing in dangerous gasses which may harm them.

Why were they used during WW II?
During World War I (1914-1918) many soldiers had been badly injured, or killed, when their enemies threw bombs at them which released poisonous fumes when they exploded. During World War II Britain was very worried that these gas bombs would be dropped on the country during air raids and injure innocent civilians. So the authorities supplied everyone with gas masks so that they would be protected if this happened.

Did everyone have them?
Yes, everyone in Britain was supplied with a gas mask, from babies and children to teenagers and adults. During World War I they even made gas masks for dogs and horses as these animals were very important on the battlefield (dogs were often used to carry messages from one trench to another whilst horses were an excellent form of transport).

How did they work?
The gas masks had a filter near the mouth which when you breathed in stopped the bad gas from coming inside. The masks covered your whole face so delicate parts (like your eyes) were also protected.

Did everyone have the same type of gas mask?
No, different masks were given to different age groups. Babies had a large mask which covered their whole bodies whilst children had brightly coloured ones known as “Mickey Mouse” masks because they looked like the famous Disney character! Teenagers and adults were given the most boring masks which were simply coloured black.

Did they work?
Luckily enough the gas masks were not put to the test as gas bombs were never dropped on Britain during World War II.

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