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LUFTSCHUTZ! German gas attack protection and detection devices in World War Two

ADULT GAS MASK THE VM44
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Here is the last gas mask for the german population produced during WWII . This can be described as a " last ditch " effort as Germany's resources were nearly exhausted .By this time the VM44 was made from green fabric with a layer of synthetic rubber . Unlike  other German gas masks the round eye pieces are simply glued into place with fabric round reinforcement rings behind them . Overall construction is from green , thin fabric and when metel was in short supply the filer body was made from pressed paper ! There were no "M" or "F" sizes , just size 1, 2  or 3 , number 1 the largest and 3 the smallest . The mask came with a paper instruction sheet and a thin wooden carrying box .

VM 44 gas mask with original wood carrying box
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Along with the mask is the original instruction sheet and pressed paper filter .

Front view of the VM 44 gas mask .Size is number 2
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The number 2 stands for Medium , 1 being the largest . Body of mask is a thin green fabric material

Side view of VM 44 mask with exhalation valve
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The exhalation release valve found on the side of the face mask was made from stamped sheetmetal

VM 44 instruction sheet
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Innstruction sheet was printed on very poor "war time " paper quality .

Close up view of VM 44 eye pieces and size number
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The eye pieces are made from very thin celluloid glued directly to the fabric of the mask

Detail of the green filter screw connection
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The round , green painted VM filter screw connection no longer has a size or other markings on it

Detail view od exhaust valve and rubber sealing
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The exhalation valve is unmarked and made from thin sheetmetal . All seams are sealed with rubber

FRONT VIEW OF VM GAS MASK
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VM 44 GASMASK CLOSE UP SIDE VIEW
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Side view showing black ink stamp markings and the green rubber sealant used along the edges

CLOSE UP VIEW OF VM 44 WAFFEN AMPT STAMP
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Close up view of black ink stamp and more rubber seam and edge sealer .

INSIDE VIEW OF VM GAS MASK

CLOSE UP VIEW OF INTERIOR OF VM GAS MASK
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Close up view of the round fabric discs that reinforce the glued in celluloid eye pieces

INTERIOR VIEW OF VM 44 GAS MASK
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View of cloth chin rest strap on the bottom and in the center is the one way air intake valve

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VM GAS MASK PRESSED PAPER FILER CANISTER
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Close up of paper filter showing inspection ink stamps and date of manufacture

Top view of VM 44 gas mask pressed paper filter
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Filter body is made from pressed paper with stamped sheetmetal screw connection on top .

Bottom view of VM 44 pressed paper filter
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Side view of VM 44 pressed paper filter
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Body of filter is paper and is rivited to the perforated bottom with 4 steel round rivits

2 VM 44 GAS MASKS WITH DIFFERENT FILTERS
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On the left is a mask with pressed paper filter canister and a stamped aluminium filter on the right

VM 44 FILTER CANISTERS
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TOP VIEW OF VM 44 FILTER CANISTERS
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On left is pressed paper with steel screw connection and right all aluminium

SIDE VIEW OF PAPER AND ALUMINIUM FILTER
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On the left is the pressed paper filter with metal screw connection , right the stamped aluminium

BOTTOM VIEW OF VM 44 GAS MASK FILTER
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LEFT IS PRESSED PAPER AND ON THE RIGHT STAMPED ALUMINIUM .

VM 44 WOOD CARRYING BOX COVER
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Wood carrying box lid with makers black ink stamp

VM 44 WOOD CARRYING BOX
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Black ink stamp for mask size . Number 2 denotes a medium size . No longer is there an "M" or "F"

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